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428 > Page 428 of Backwoodsman, or, Life on the Indian frontier / edited by Sir C.F. Lascelles Wraxall, bart.

THE BACKWOODSMAN. on his bed; over the mantelpiece was a handsome looking. glass, and by its side hung the framed portraits of three men, which are very frequently found in frontier houses, and by which the Americans do not pay themselves the worst com- pliment. They represent the greatest, the best, and the most useful men of our century-Washington, Alexander von Humboldt and Liebig. The now frequently traversed road from Turkey Creek to the Leone shortened the distance between the two rivers much, as the greater portion of it could be galloped over. I reached the Fort again at an early hour, and helped Konig- stein in his preparations for a start on the next morning. He was going with Antonio, Lambert, and several pack animals to fetch our saddles and traps, which we cached after the loss of our cattle in the prairie to the north of the San Saba Mountains. Although we are still living on the frontier of the desert, we have now in front of us a line of settlements facing the Indians, which keep off us the ordinary dangers of a frontier life; and we are rarely reminded by the personal appearance of these savages in our vicinity, that their hunting-grounds are not a great distance from us. 428