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paralyzation of his strength, loss of the use of his limbs and an
instantaneous tumbling to the ground. This effect only lasts a few minutes, and
the hunter must instantly Seize the opportunity to tie his feet and otherwise
secure him before he recovers. The horse is uninjured, and if he recovers before
the hunter secures him, he will escape, and perhaps show fight. This method,
requiring great skill in approaching to the necessary distance, an unerring aim,
and attended with considerable danger, is not often resorted to, and is seldom
Continual efforts are being made to capture
these wild horses, by organized parties. They succeed in one way or the other,
and Sometimes shoot them when they fail to take them alive. They have been thus
thinned out; and are fast decreasing. The "flowers of the flock" only remain, and
the one referred to above is one of this class. In a few years they will all be
TO FORT RILEY BY STEAMBOAT
The log of the Kansas river steamer Gus
Linn as printed in the Lawrence Republican, May 26, 1859.
On Board Col. Gus Linn, Fort Riley, K. T., May 19, 1859.OFFICIAL LOG
Friends Thachers:-As a matter of considerable interest to your home and river
readers, I herewith enclose you the "log" of the New Kansas River Packet, Col.
Gus Linn, from Kansas City to Fort Riley:
May 10th-11 o'clock A. M.-Left Kansas City with a full complement of passengers
and an assorted cargo, consisting principally of lumber, groceries, and hardware,
of 140 tons, three-fourths of which is for Manhattan and the fort. Among the
former are Col. R. H. Nelson, of Kansas City, and J. D. Chesnut, Esq., an
influential and well known citizen of Wyandot [now Kansas City], both largely
interested in their respective cities, and both bound on the same general
prospecting tour to "ye Upper Country." With this load on board, the Linn
draws but 23 inches forward and 18 inches aft.
1 o'clock-After landing at Wyandot and discharging several packages of freight,
we finally took our departure for Lawrence and the Upper Kaw.
2 P. M.-Entered the "draw" of the Wyandot bridge. The idea that this bridge is an
obstruction to river navigation, which I find to be a very prevalent one, ought,
as far as I can learn, to be abandoned at once. We found five feet of water in
the "draw," and Capt. Beasley anticipates little or no obstruction to navigation
from the location of the bridge.
After a detention of several hours at De Soto, about 35 miles distant from Kansas
City, occasioned by the breaking of the rock shaft, we arrived at Lawrence at 7
P. M., Wednesday 11th.
Here we discharged several tons of freight. (Principally hardware for Messrs.
Allen & Gilmore.)
Thursday, 12th-9 A. M.-Left the levee midst the plaudits of the assembled
citizens. Weather beautiful and navigation all that could be desired.
1:30 P. M. Passed the "Silver Lake" aground on a bar, bound down. The Captain
looking very excited, not knowing where he was.
The river between Lawrence and Lecompton is exceedingly crooked, (this will very
well apply to the whole river,) and owing to the Scarcity of wood along the banks
we met with troublesome delays.
3 P. M.-Lecompton. Here we were waited on by a delegation of citizens, among whom
I recognized Col. Hemenway, mine host of the Rowena hotel; D. S. McIntosh, Esq.,
and others, and tendered all the hospitalities of the town. After spending a
couple of hours with the Lecomptonites, our staunch little craft was once more
headed up stream for Topeka.
The navigation of the river between these two points is easy and Safe, the
channel averaging from 21/2 to 9 feet deep, with, but comparatively few shoal
spots. The banks of the river are picturesque and the scenery generally
Friday, 18th-10 o'clock A. M. Arrived at Tecumseh, the county seat of
Shawnee county, pleasantly Situated on the south bank of the river, about a
hundred miles from its mouth.
1:30 P. M. Boat took a Sudden shear into the bank and broke her rudder. Laid up 3
hours for repairs.
7 P. M. Topeka. Laid up for the night.
Saturday, 14th. 6 A. M. Aground half a mile west of Topeka.
Indulged in sparring and other gymnastic exercises for Some time, when we
fortunately got loose and proceeded on our way rejoicing.
12:15 A. M. Shot a large wolf along here.
6 P. M. Excellent stage of water all day-average progress four miles.
Sunday, 15th-4 P. M. St. Mary's mission, Pottawatomie reserve. This
mission was established Some twelve years ago. The settlement round the mission
consists of about 2,000 Souls, Indians, half-breeds and whites, and is under the
spiritual charge of Father Schultz.
Monday, 16th. 10 A. M. Wabonsa [Wabaunsee]. This place contains one store
and about 15 or 20 small houses. It is a county seat, however, and the
prospective terminus of an important railroad. It also claims the finest town
site in the territory. But that of course!
Passed the embryo city of St. George, about 10 miles from Wabonsa. 3:30 P. M. We
reached the junction of the Kaw and Big Blue rivers, and moored right in full
view of the flourishing young city of Manhattan. Here we found Hon. A. J. Mead,
Col. W. M. Snow, Rev. Mr. Blood and other influential citizens, waiting to
receive us. News of our arrival spread like wild fire through the town, and in
less than fifteen minutes the boat was literally taken by storm. Though somewhat
blue over the havoc caused by a furious tornado the day before, everybody
expressed themselves delighted with the boat and everybody and everything on
board. Supper over, the cabin was quickly cleared, and music and dancing filled
the programme till long after midnight, when the company dispersed with three
cheers for the "IGus LinnU and all hands."
Tuesday, 17th. A Sudden rise in the Kaw, caused by the heavy rains of the
past week, gave us an excellent Stage of water to the Fort, where we are just