; and for several weeks the relatives of Captain McClellan
mourned him as dead.
's Report was published by order of Congress, and is one of those books which many receive, but few read.
And yet it is well worth reading; for it has that fresh and spontaneous charm of style which we so often observe in the writings of superior men who are not men of letters by training and profession, and who tell us in a plain way of what they have seen and done.
Besides a graphic and animated description of the country traversed by the expedition, it contains an excellent account of the Indian
tribes that roam over it,--not that impossible creature, “the noble savage” of the poet, the sentimental red man of the novelist, nor yet the degraded outcast that withers in the shadow cast by the white man and grafts upon his own wild stock all the vices of civilization; but the Indian
as he really exists,--a mingled web of virtues and vices, and certainly holding no low place upon the scale of savage and nomadic life.
And the remark which has just been made as to Captain Marcy
's Report may be further extended; and it may be said that comparatively few persons know any thing of what may be called the civil victories of the American
How few there are who are aware of how much has been done for science, and especially for geographical science, during the last thirty or forty years, by the able and accomplished officers of the regular army!--what toils and hardships they have endured, what perils they have met, and what laurels, unstained