"Eighteen sharp claws, a mouthful of keen teeth, had Pussy, and she worked them all with a desperate will when she landed on Grumpy's bare, bald, sensitive nose."
A Tale: An Englishman Describes the Fourth of July at Mammoth Springs — Rudyard Kipling, 1889
"The clergyman rose up and told them they were the greatest, freest, sublimest, most chivalrous, and richest people on the face of the earth, and they all said Amen."
A Tale: Finding a Goldilocks Pool at Mammoth Hot Springs — John W. Barlow, 1871
"The temperature varies in the different pools from fifty degrees all the way up to one hundred and eighty, so there is no difficulty in finding a bath of suitable temperature."
A Tale: Adventurers Run Out of Grub at Old Faithful — Seth Bullock, 1872
We are getting short on grub. Nothing left but flour and coffee. White prepared for supper a new dish, called Geyser sauce.
A Tale: The New Camp Spirit Gets Arrested— Eleanor Corthell 1903
"But then, you would not expect such a large family to pass among a whole valley full of yawning gulfs and smiling springs and shooting geysers, absorbed until they forgot time and place and circumstance and not have something happen, would you?"
A Tale: One Good, Square Drink — General W.E. Strong, 1875
"The horses were going rapidly, with a drunken driver fast asleep, and only a foot between the outer wheels and the brink of the precipice two hundred feet high—where, if a horse slipped and went down, or a wheel came off, there was no hope for us."
A Tale: Big Boots to Fill — Carrie Strahorn, 1880
"With the wind shrieking requiems for the dead and threats for the living, and with the rafters full of bats, I called to him to bring me his shoe, and let me win my wager."
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A Tale: Teaching Greenhorns About Snipe Driving — Langford, 1872
"The spot was chosen because of its proximity to a marsh which was supposed to be filled with snipe. In reality it was the swarming place for mosquitoes."
A Tale: The Last Outpost of Civilization — 1874
"No doubt the neighborhood of these springs will some day become a fashionable place. At present, being the last outpost of civilization—that is, the last place where whisky is sold."