The Illustrated London Reading Book eBook

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This striking feature suggested a name for the lake, and I called it Pyramid Lake.  Its elevation above the sea is 4890 feet, being nearly 700 feet higher than the Great Salt Lake, from which it lies nearly west.”  The position and elevation of Pyramid Lake make it an object of geographical interest.  It is the nearest lake to the western river, as the Great Salt Lake is to the eastern river, of the great basin which lies between the base of the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada, and the extent and character of which it is so desirable to know.

Many parts of the borders of this lake appear to be a favourite place of encampment for the Indians, whose number in this country is estimated at 140,000.  They retain, still unaltered, most of the features of the savage character.  They procure food almost solely by hunting; and to surprise a hostile tribe, to massacre them with every exercise of savage cruelty, and to carry off their scalps as trophies, is their highest ambition.  Their domestic behaviour, however, is orderly and peaceable; and they seldom kill or rob a white man.  Considerable attempts have been made to civilize them, and with some success; but the moment that any impulse has been given to war and hunting, they have instantly reverted to their original habits.


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    Now came still evening on, and twilight grey
    Had in her sober livery all things clad. 
    Silence accompanied:  for beast and bird,
    They to their grassy couch, these to their nests,
    Were slunk—­all but the wakeful nightingale: 
    She, all night long, her am’rous descant sung. 
    Silence was pleased.  Now glow’d the firmament
    With living sapphires:  Hesperus, that led
    The starry host, rode brightest; till the moon,
    Rising in clouded majesty, at length,
    Apparent queen, unveil’d her peerless light,
    And o’er the dark her silver mantle threw—­
    When Adam thus to Eve:  “Fair consort, the hour
    Of night, and all things now retired to rest,
    ’Mind us of like repose:  since God hath set
    Labour and rest, as day and night, to men
    Successive; and the timely dew of sleep,
    Now falling with soft slumberous weight,
    Inclines our eyelids.”—­


    To whom thus Eve, with perfect beauty adorn’d: 
    “My author and disposer, what thou bidst
    Unargued I obey.  So God ordains. 
    With thee conversing I forget all time,
    All seasons and their change:  all please alike. 
    Sweet is the breath of morn—­her rising sweet,
    With charm of earliest birds; pleasant the sun,
    When first on this delightful land he spreads
    His orient beams on herb, tree, fruit, and flower,

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