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Travellers and Explorers, 1846 1900

in Studies of Western Life (1890). And it is necessary to mention in this connection the drawings of Frederick Remington, as well as Owen Wister's later classic of cowboy life, The Virginian (1905).

In the golden days of '49 there was a road to the Californian Eldorado by way of the Isthmus of Panama. There were no Indians that way but there was the Chagres River, until a railway was built. There is a particular literature of the Isthmus. A Story of Life on the Isthmus (1853) was written by Joseph Warren Fabens; and an even earlier one The Isthmus of Panama and What I Saw There (1839) is by Chauncey D. Griswold. Then there is Five Years at Panama (1889) by Wolfred Nelson, and numerous others between these dates, including an exceedingly scarce volume, The Panama Massacre (1857), which presents the evidence in the case of the massacre of Americans in 1856. A few years after this event Tracy Robinson appeared on the Isthmus and for forty-six years he made it his home. This veteran published his Panama, a Personal Record of Forty-six Years, 1861-1907 only a short time before his death.

Frederick Law Olmsted was specially interested in the South and in 1856 he wrote A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States with Remarks on Their Economy; in 1857, A Journey through Texas; in 1861, The Cotton Kingdom (made up from the two preceding books); and in 1863, A Journey in the Back Country. A very scarce item is a Southerner's impressions of the North in Sketches on a Tour Through the Northern and Eastern States, the Canadas, and Nova Scotia (1840) by J. C. Meyers, one traveller who was not impelled towards the Golden Gate. Burroughs in the Catskills and Thoreau[1] in his favourite haunts and on his Yankee Trip in Canada (1866) hardly need mention, but there were some other outdoor men along the eastern part of the continent. Lucius L. Hubbard in 1884 wrote Woods and Lakes of Maine, a Trip from Moosehead Lake to New Brunswick in a Birch Canoe; Charles A. J. Farrar in 1886, Down in the West Branch, or Camps and Tramps around Katahdin; and another, From Lake to Lake, or A Trip across the Country, A Narrative of the Wilds of Maine.

Although J. T. Headley wrote Letters from the Backwoods

  1. See Book II, Chap. X.