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He said. "That's what makes irrigation so simple in this new Territory of Colorado. Water runs uphill just as well as down. Effect of the light air. pressure ain't half of what it is back there in New York! " I might be a tenderfoot, and my University degree had undoubtedly been obtained in classics not in science, but I couldn't quite swallow that. What amused me was our stage-driver Bill's absolutely serious voice, and likewise the serious way in which some of our wise men from the East whom we had aboard took it; they had heard many strange things about the West, but that water should run uphill, not in a force-pipe but in an open irrigating ditch, that was a large order.
I took her up in the saddle, me sitting on the crupper behind; luck was with us and we got safe up to outside Camp Douglas without being ever seen or interfered with. There I had another friend with a horse ready, so we had a horse apiece. We rode like Old Harry for Echo Canon, and our luck held good. There was a fine moon after ten o'clock -'course I had allowed for that. But there was no being held-up by any guards or anything, as 28 THE TALE OF A TENDERFOOT there might have been easily enough.
He went on: "The present governor of this Territory, Gen. Edward M. McCook, proposes to visit the Los Pinos Agency for the Southern Utes, which is just being established on a fork of the Gunnison River, across the range, which flows ultimately to the Colorado. " "Nothing I should like better," said I, "but I think my first move must be not quite so far. I want to go and see a friend that I have, a mining engineer who is up at Central City. " " I'm glad to hear you speak so," said the Governor warmly.