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The Rocky Mountains formed a vast barrier between them and the United States, and their stern and awful defiles, their rugged valleys, and the great western plains watered by their rivers, remained almost a terra incognita to the American trapper.
To waylay and harass a band of trappers with their pack-horses, when embarrassed in the rugged defiles of the mountains, has become as favorite an exploit with these Indians as the plunder of a caravan to the Arab of the desert.
He had now come to the mouth of the very defile in which he had left them.
ALL night their course lay through intricate defiles and over irregular and rock-strewn paths.
During the whole of that day they struggled on through the defiles, and by evening they calculated that they were more than thirty miles from their enemies.
For five days he toiled footsore and weary through the defiles which he had already traversed on horseback.
Titian's Venus defiles and disgraces the Tribune, there is no softening that fact, but his "Moses" glorifies it.
At Callyan they reached the junction of the branch line which descends towards south-eastern India by Kandallah and Pounah; and, passing Pauwell, they entered the defiles of the mountains, with their basalt bases, and their summits crowned with thick and verdant forests.
The train entered the defiles of the Sutpour Mountains, which separate the Khandeish from Bundelcund, towards evening.
The rugged defiles and deep valleys of this vast chain form sheltering places for restless and ferocious bands of savages, many of them the remnants of tribes, once inhabitants of the prairies, but broken up by war and violence, and who carry into their mountain haunts the fierce passions and reckless habits of desperadoes.
They painted in strong colors, to the poor Canadian voyageurs, the risk they would run of perishing with hunger and thirst; of being cut off by war-parties of the Sioux who scoured the plains; of having their horses stolen by the Upsarokas or Crows, who infested the skirts of the Rocky Mountains; or of being butchered by the Blackfeet, who lurked among the defiles.
Right-whingers misusing a day of solemn commemoration to score shabby political points defile the sacrifice made by the war dead.