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"In the mountains, meat never spoils."
Jim Bridger,
in answer to Father DeSmet's (Black Robe) question about potential infection around the last arrowhead [one of two wounds] that Bridger had not yet been able to remove from his body since a recent encounter with hostile Indians.
Wk. 23, 05/21/1873
for DeSmet
Wk. 29, 07/17/1881
for Bridger)
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WEEKS: A daily dose of what happened in the Historic West on that date.  Fifty-two weeks, 366 days, 2,000+ entries outlining the PLAYERS, the people, places and events that helped create the “Truth” and the mythos of the Old West. (see Navigation Panel – page right)
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