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The Yellowstone

Scribner's Monthly - An Illustrated Magazine for the People; December 1871; Scribner & Co.; New York

            THE second expedition to the Yellowstone recently returned from that region with stories even more marvelous than those brought by the Langford party of 1870. It has been said, in the West, that every man who goes up there loses his reputation for veracity. But we suppose the most incredulous will be compelled to believe the account of Prof. Hayden, who had charge of the government expedition of 1871; and it is proved by scientific measurements, made by him, that Langford had—with the bug-bears of unbelief and a lost character before his eyes—in many cases greatly underestimated the heights and depths and distances. We believe we do not err in stating that the calm judgment of science accords with the enthusiastic declaration of the first explorers, "that there is not on the globe another region where, within the same limits, Nature has crowded so much of grandeur and majesty with so much of novelty and wonder."

            One of the most striking peculiarities of the scenery is the wild, fantastic prodigality of color—and this feature, with the picturesque formations and grand sweeps and stretches of landscape, we shall hope to see faithfully reproduced upon the ample canvases which T. Moran, who accompanied the expedition, intends to devote to these unique, magnificent, and congenial subjects.