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By James D. Houston

Snow Mountain Passage is a robust retelling of our so much dramatic pioneer story--the ordeal of the Donner occasion. throughout the eyes of James Frazier Reed, one of many group's leaders, and the imagined "Trail Notes" of his daughter Patty, we trip in addition to the ill-fated workforce decided, in any respect charges, to make it to the California territory.
James Reed is a proud, headstrong, but committed husband and father. As he and his relations commute within the "Palace Car," a tremendous, especially built--and finally cumbersome--covered wagon, they thrill to new attractions and focus on clash and incessant probability. but while a struggle among Reed and one other motive force results in loss of life, Reed is exiled from the gang and heads over the mountains on my own. The destiny of the opposite households, together with Reed's spouse and 4 kids, is sealed after they set out throughout a brand new, untested course during the Sierra--their ultimate mountain move. Arriving on the foothills simply because the snows begin to fall, they're left stranded for months--starving, freezing, and fighting to survive--while Reed trips throughout northern California, making an attempt desperately to discover ability and males for a rescue get together.
a rare story of satisfaction and redemption, Snow Mountain Passage is a brilliantly imagined and grippingly advised tale directly from American history.

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Who understands, they may sail transparent into San Francisco Bay…. And the thieving Californians, they're forming up within reach, you could expect it, to come back at us from the flank … except we cease them first … and via God, they are going to be STOPPED! O, father and that i went right down to camp in addition to Captain Good’n, And there we observed the boys and boys As thick as hasty pudd’n. Yankee Doodle, stick with it, Yankee Doodle Dandy. Yankee Doodle, stick with it, And permit the men be handeeeeeeee! It used to be an evening of drink and wild vows and toasts to every of the twenty-eight states, whereas guns have been fired into the fog that had descended upon the cannons and the cypress timber and the whitewashed customhouse. The Volunteers fell asleep and woke in foggy dampness. Now they journey groaning out of city, hunched over their pommels, to loop inland back, heading north. Bloodshot eyes experiment the hills, the arroyos, the borders of the line, for an indication or sign that adversarial troops have handed this fashion. even though Valentine did no ingesting, he's in a darker temper than any of his males. Having come to this point and obvious not anything, he's despondent. He wishes anything to teach for those lengthy days of driving. In a bad humor, he spews out orders the lads in basic terms part reply to, seeing that it’s transparent to all yet Valentine, and maybe to him, that there's no crusade to salary during this unthreatening terrain. notwithstanding they wouldn’t brain a skirmish, nobody believes an enemy lurks at any place inside extraordinary distance. anything has replaced. all of them think it, notwithstanding none will voice it. They enable him shout his useless instructions, as though those tirades will name forth the enemy he wishes. and eventually it kind of feels to paintings. the following morning, an hour earlier than midday, a patrol comes loping again from a wooded notch among folds of the Coastal variety. They escort 3 fastened Californians and a small herd of horses. Valentine regards the 3 with disdain. They put on high-crown hats and leather-based chaps. they don't seem to be squaddies. they're vaqueros, a rancher and sons of possibly twelve and fifteen years, hoping they might move ignored in a grove again there till the Volunteers had handed. In Spanish Valentine calls for to understand why the daddy contains a pistol. the fellow shrugs. With a cautious smile and a look on the crowd surrounding him, he says those are risky occasions. Does he understand it is prohibited for all yet usa forces to hold firearms? convinced, he says, surrendering the pistol, he is aware that. Valentine the interrogator desires to comprehend what he's doing with such a lot of horses? relocating them to better flooring, the daddy says, in case of flooding alongside the river. Nonsense. you take them to the warriors. There aren't any squaddies. What do you suggest? they've got long past. you're mendacity. they've got fled to the south. a few have fled. a few are coming again. This we all know. the daddy shakes his head. You lie! cries Valentine. let us know the place you're taking those horses, otherwise you will all be killed. we are going to cling you from that oak! grasp us, then, the daddy says, sitting taller in his saddle. We have been relocating them to better flooring.

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