Winter camp at the Portneuf Fine springs The Bannack Indians Their honesty Captain Bonneville prepares for an expedition Christmas The American Falls Wild scenery Fishing Falls Snake Indians Scenery on the Bruneau View of volcanic country from a mountain Powder River Shoshokoes, or Root Diggers Their character, habits, habitations, dogs Vanity at its last shift
These are of that branch of the great Snake tribe called Shoshokoes, or Root Diggers, from their subsisting, in a great measure, on the roots of the earth; though they likewise take fish in great quantities, and hunt, in a small way.
Such of them as still possess horses, and occasionally figure as hunters, are called Shoshonies; but there is another class, the most abject and forlorn, who are called Shuckers, or more commonly Diggers
and Root Eaters.
Perhaps, at this new assault the men recalled the fact that they had been named mud diggers
, and it made their situation thrice bitter.
When the storm of dust had cleared away and the summer night was calm again, numbers of people choked up every avenue of access, and parties of diggers
were formed to relieve one another in digging among the ruins.
He learned that the place had several times been visited by experienced money diggers
who had heard Black Sam's story, though none of them had met with success.
As Professor Bumper expected to do considerable excavating in order to locate the buried city, or cities, as the case might be, he had to contract for a number of Indian diggers
They say it is Pi-ute--possibly it is Digger
. I am satisfied it was named by the Diggers--those degraded savages who roast their dead relatives, then mix the human grease and ashes of bones with tar, and "gaum" it thick all over their heads and foreheads and ears, and go caterwauling about the hills and call it mourning.
Ere entering upon the subject of Fossil Whales, I present my credentials as a geologist, by stating that in my miscellaneous time i have been a stone-mason, and also a great digger
of ditches, canals, and wells, wine-vaults, cellars, and cisterns of all sorts.
Where are the digger
and the spade, this peaceful night, destined to add the last great secret to the many secrets of the Tulkinghorn existence?
For the most odious weeks I had been a licensed digger
on Black Hill Flats; and I had actually failed to make running expenses.
Dickon took his spade and dug the hole deeper and wider than a new digger
with thin white hands could make it.