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The Last of the Chiefs

Joseph A. Altsheler

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Dick was careful not to awaken him. He stored the second load of treasure in the alcove, and, wrapping one of the heavy blankets around himself, slept heavily.

He told Albert the next day of the wagon in the gully, and nothing could keep him from returning in the morning for salvage. He worked there two or three days, carrying heavy loads up the mountain, and finally, when it was all in their den, he and Albert felt equipped for anything. Nor had the buffalo robe been neglected. It was spread over much of the treasure. Albert, meanwhile, had assumed the functions of cook, and he discharged them with considerable ability. His strength was quite sufficient to permit of his collecting firewood, and he could fry bacon and make coffee and tea beautifully. But they were very sparing of the coffee and tea, as they also were of the flour, although their supplies of all three of these were greatly increased by the wagon in the gully. In fact, the very last thing that. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Two orphaned brothers from Illinois, farmers by upbringing, decide to try their luck out West and join a wagon train headed across country to the far coast. Richard is the elder and stronger, committed to look after his younger, weaker brother Albert above all else after being pledged to do so by th

An absolutely fun read!

I twice read the book, and both times found the courage and perseverance of settlers, soldiers and Native Americans to be inspiring. An interesting perspective of the early days of our country.

I LOVE most of his books and I am an 81 year old woman. His descriptions of the North American Continent before it was settled, built up and ruined are magnificent! He is not a boring writer at all. He writes of adventures in a land that we can only dream about or maybe get a glimpse of in our Natio

A good book for vacation.

A nice bok for light reading on vacation. The struggle of two boys making for California and end up finding a life in the wilderness. Witness to the battle of little big horn but return to their new found home in the Rockies.