The Prince Of The Plains
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Their ship arrived in Boston on the Fourth of July to much pomp and celebration, and that evening the prince and his party took in a fireworks display. After visits to cholera-riddled New York and Philadelphia, the trio set out for the West. On reaching New Harmony, Ind., that October, the party made an unplanned layover of nearly five months. Having contracted what they suspected to be cholera, the prince and Dreidoppel were both bedridden. Bodmer, who dodged the ailment, made a side trip by steamboat to visit New Orleans while they recuperated.
Upon arriving in town, Beau is extremely distraught at Mary Anne's disappearance. He hires a man named Joe Nix to track down Mary Anne, despite one resident's warnings about his questionable morals. While Beau nervously explains the situation, Nix remains silent. He reveals the name of the bandit, Chance. Eventually, he agrees to do the job, and the two ride off into the desert.
Mary Anne wakes up in Chance's hideout after being kidnapped. Upon trying to escape, she quickly finds out that Chance had a group of children living with her, and is under the initial impression that she had kidnapped them. She angrily confronts Chance about this, when Chance reveals that all of these children were abandoned or otherwise orphaned. Chance then gently reveals the real reason why she kidnapped Mary Anne--to teach the children. She also explains that if she didn't want to stay, she wouldn't have to. She goes to hold Mary Anne's hand, but Mary Anne withdraws, asking Chance what kind of woman she thought she was.
Those who strive to obtain the good graces of a prince are accustomed to come before him with such things as they hold most precious, or in which they see him take most delight; whence one often sees horses, arms, cloth of gold, precious stones, and similar ornaments presented to princes, worthy of their greatness.
Nor do I hold with those who regard it as a presumption if a man of low and humble condition dare to discuss and settle the concerns of princes; because, just as those who draw landscapes place themselves below in the plain to contemplate the nature of the mountains and of lofty places, and in order to contemplate the plains place themselves upon high mountains, even so to understand the nature of the people it needs to be a prince, and to understand that if princes it needs to be of the people.
In 1969, approximately 50 plains bison from Elk Island National Park were released in the Thunder Hills region in central Saskatchewan. Ten to fifteen bison moved south and established a home range in the Sturgeon River area, in and around the boundary of Prince Albert National Park. These bison formed the Sturgeon River plains bison herd that exists today. The population grew steadily, and peaked between 2006 and 2008, reaching over 450 animals. Today, the herd is estimated at 120 animals - less than a quarter of the population in the 2000s.
The Sturgeon River herd is one of the few populations of free ranging plains bison that exists within its historic range in Canada. The herd is wild and subject to natural checks such as predation, disease and climate. Its unique wild status makes it an important conservational, cultural, social and economic resource regionally and nationally. Plains bison are an integral part of the ecosystem and culture, but are faced with a number of challenges in the modern world.
Harvesting rates are declining and the bison herd is starting to respond. There is an increased number of juveniles in the Sturgeon River herd, which is a promising sign of herd renewal. The selection of older or male bison for harvest and continuation of low overall harvest rates is critical to herd survival and recovery into the future. Bison co-management and research is taking place to help restore a healthy plains bison population that thrives on the landscape inside and outside Prince Albert National Park.
Anthrax is endemic in wood bison in northern Alberta and southern Northwest Territories with regular outbreaks having occurred in favorable weather conditions since 1963 (3). However, as far as we are aware, anthrax has not been reported in free-ranging plains bison herds in Canada previously, although outbreaks sporadically occur in domestic bison herds throughout the prairies. Anthrax outbreaks typically occur in years with hot, dry conditions often in conjunction with significant precipitation prior to this (3,4). The 2006 Saskatchewan outbreak was preceded by a winter and fall with abnormally heavy precipitation followed by dry conditions during the summer (1). Carcass treatment was implemented during this outbreak to reduce spore formation and contamination in the hope that this will reduce the risk of future outbreaks. Treatment consisted of both burial and incineration. Fresh carcasses were treated with up to 10 L of 10% formaldehyde and covered with a tarp to prevent scavenging and to allow putrefaction to kill the vegetative form of the bacterium, which is believed to occur if the carcass remains intact (5). Four of the 5 carcasses outside the park on private land were buried in deep pits dug at the site where the carcasses were found. The 23 bison carcasses located within Prince Albert National Park were all incinerated with a combination of locally cut wood and a slurry of up to 200 L of Jet A fuel with PetroGel up to 3 times, as access to the carcasses was limited. The World Health Organization recommends burning carcasses rather than burying when possible to reduce the chance of spores resurfacing years later (5). Of particular note in this case, is the fact that anthrax could be successfully cultured from significantly decomposed carcasses. Taking multiple tissues from several sites, especially where blood has accumulated will likely increase the chance of diagnosis in these cases.
Once Nangong Jingnu found out that Qi Yan had killed her father, she was in a rage, divorcing her and relegating her to a prison cell, even whipping her with her own hands, which left large scars on her chest. The court eventually decided to return Agula back to the grass plains as a political move. While Jingnu was hurt by this, she had steeled herself towards this, as a ruler, however, after a conversation with her sister, she had a last-minute change of heart and sent emergency troops to go capture Agula under the disguise of being from the Grass Plains. By that time, the procession for Agula had already almost reached the Luo River, which was the crossing point between the Wei Kingdom and the Grass Plains.
Nangong Jingnu built an isolated section in the Imperial Palace as a hiding place for Qi Yan, as she was dead in the eyes of the court, and of the grass plains. She stayed there to recuperate her health until the outbreak of a war sprang up at the Luo River. With the pleading of Qi Yan, Nangong Jingnu reluctantly decided to send her with emergency troops to try to placate the army of the Grass Plains.
Born to a father from the Grass Plains and a mother from the Wei Kingdom, Qi Yan has a mixture of features from both ethnicities, but is noted to look more like a person of the Wei Kingdom and very little like her father in comparison to her mother. When she was a child, her hair was kept in many small braids that hung loosely. As an adult, she is tall, and has a so-called manly stature due to a mix of puberty-blocking pills and her grass plains blood; however, she is also "soft and flimsy" and thought of as weak and delicate. Her face is extremely androgynous, and there is a thin scar crossing her left cheekbone to the side of her nose from a riding accident during the early years of her marriage. She has a piercing hole in her left ear left over from her childhood. She has "inky brows" and "long and dense eyelashes". Her most notable features are her amber eyes.
But to exercise the intellect the prince should read histories, and study there the actions of illustrious men, to see how they have borne themselves in war, to examine the causes of their victories and defeat, so as to avoid the latter and imitate the former; and above all do as an illustrious man did, who took as an exemplar one who had been praised and famous before him, and whose achievements and deeds he always kept in his mind, as it is said Alexander the Great imitated Achilles, Cæsar Alexander, Scipio Cyrus. And whoever reads the life of Cyrus, written by Xenophon, will recognise afterwards in the life of Scipio how that imitation was his glory, and how in chastity, affability, humanity, and liberality Scipio conformed to those things which have been written of Cyrus by Xenophon. A wise prince ought to observe some such rules, and never in peaceful times stand idle, but increase his resources with industry in such a way that they may be available to him in adversity, so that if fortune changes it may find him prepared to resist her blows. 2b1af7f3a8