The Great Salt Lake Trail

. By Colonel Henry Inman and Colonel William F. Cody i" Buffalo Bill.") New York: The Macmillan Co. $3.50. Colonel Inman's previous work on The Old Santa Fe Trail has won for his second book, in which he has the assistance of Colonel Cody, a hearty welcome and a ready hearing. The present volume on The Great Salt Lake Trail does not fall behind the story already told of that oldest of primitive highways to far-off Santa Fe. in romantic interest, in historical value and in stirring and graphic narration.

There are seven historic trails, we are told, crossing the great plains of the interior of this continent, and none of these, with the exception of the Santa Fe, has a more stirring and exciting story than that known as the Salt Lake Trail. Over this historical highway the Mormons passed on their lonely pilgrimage to the valley of that vast inland sea, where by its shores they built their marvellous city. Over this route, too, went more than one world-renowned expedition on its way to the heart of the Rocky Mountains, and beyond to the blue Pacific. Over the same old trackless waste lumbered the once-famous Overland stage long before the days of the railroad and the telegraph. Here as a boy "Buffalo Bill" began his remarkable career, which has made him a conspicuous and picturesque American figure. Dealing with the era of the trapper, the scout, the savage, and the emigrant, and with the adventures which marked the long and weary marches, The Great Salt Lake Trail, like its predecessor, combines history and romance, authentic data and camp-fire yarns, making this and the companion volume the most delightful and entertaining reading of their kind we have enjoyed since the Leather Stocking Tales. The illustrations in photogravure and in the text, and a map of the Trail, enhance the picturesqueness of the volumes.

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Thursday, September 1, 1898 to Wednesday, February 1, 1899
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