From

Amy's  Gold

by

Robert O. Burgess

The Transcontinental Railroad struggled toward completion across 8,000 square miles of primitive wasteland known as the Red Desert .

  A powerful novel painted on a vast canvas . . . from New Orleans to the Platte River by steamship, train and stagecoach.

  Brown's Hotel at Fort Laramie in 1868 wasn't much of a place. Its low pitched roof with a sod cover complimented the low rolling country at the confluence of the Laramie and Platte Rivers. The axe hewn logs, slapped with mud to keep out the insistent Wyoming winds, made it a snug accommodation. Several log rooms, added as if as an afterthought, joined the main structure in mutual sympathy. Founded in 1834 as a fur trading post, this fort then called Fort William stood as a beacon for trappers and mountain men even after it became an army post in 1849.

  Jimmy Lee Robineau rolled his "possibles" in a woolen blanket. Some men weren't comfortable in the wilds with a wagon load of goods, but even a frontiersman like Jimmy carried a few things with him that made survival likely and comfort possible. The mountain man and backwoodsman always carried these "possibles" which included flint and steel, a small sharp knife, an awl, needle and thread for both clothing repair and closing skin wounds, fishhooks and line, a sack of jerky and a parfleche of corn. His Shoshoni wife handed him a leather sack full of pemmican.
  "You take good care of yourself, Jim," she said.
  "I'll be back in two weeks, woman."
  "You taking a pack horse?"
  "No. I'll be at the Platte in two days. Howie will have extra horses and mules."

 From Amy's Gold by Robert O. Burgess

Illustration by Brenda Helm

From Comes A Pale Horse

   "From the beginning of our country the Indians had insignificant legal counsel, scanty support from the United States Congress and at best, patronage from the various presidents. The Indian tribes were initially treated as sovereign nations. The government's demand, particularly under President Andrew Jackson, became, "farm or move west." The Indians in Georgia appealed, Cherokee Nation v. Georgia (1831) for an injunction restraining Georgia from claiming all their aboriginal lands. Chief Justice Marshall's court ruled that in this case, the Indians were not a sovereign nation and that his court had no authority to rule on the matter. However, in the famous case, just a few months later in, Worcester v. Georgia (1832) Marshall's court ruled that Georgia had no jurisdiction in Cherokee territory. No matter, President Jackson replied, "Marshall has ruled, now let him enforce it!" The U. S. House of Representatives also did not support the Supreme Court when they tabled legislation preventing Georgia from deporting the Cherokees. Thus, the government, Justice Marshall notwithstanding, continued the removal of Indians from their aboriginal lands."

From Comes A Pale Horse, NOTES AND COMMENTARY

by Robert O. Burgess

I made this knife from stainless steel, bone scales and 440c stainless steel bolsters. I engraved the bolsters using a square graver.

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