Many of the Iroquois and Huron houses were of similar construction, the partitions being at the sides only, leaving a wide passage down the middle of the house.
We were now, as I before mentioned, upon this St. Joseph’s trail. It was evident, by the traces, that large parties were a few days in advance of us; and as we too supposed them to be Mormons, we had some apprehension of interruption.
The great medley of Oregon and California emigrants, at their camps around Independence, had heard reports that several additional parties were on the point of setting out from St. Joseph’s farther to the northward.
America, when it became known to Europeans, was, as it had long been, a scene of wide-spread revolution.
We were now arrived at the close of our solitary journeyings along the St. Joseph’s trail.
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.
Early on the next morning we reached Kansas, about five hundred miles from the mouth of the Missouri.
St. Luke again associates St. John with St. Peter in the Acts of the Apostles, when, after the Resurrection, that strange boldness had come upon the disciples.
We were soon free of the woods and bushes, and fairly upon the broad prairie.
Here society is reduced to its original elements, the whole fabric of art and conventionality is struck rudely to pieces, and men find themselves suddenly brought back to the wants and resources of their original natures.