Edges of boards and DJ have light shelfwear. DJ protected with mylar and not clipped. Pages tight and clean. Retired library book with usual marks and attachments. Pocket removed. 278 pages. HardCover Binding. Year: 1959. ISBN: 0. Pseud of Malcolm Decker. The adventures of a youth called ""Pidgeon"" who goes up the Missouri with William Ashley's men in 1823 when the Rocky Mountain streams were full of beaver, and of hostiles. Pidgeon gets to know the burly river men and the bold, open-handed trappers-the Americans who thrust into the wilderness and blazed a way across the continent; gets to know the Indians, too, their violence and their strange wisdom; and helps Jedediah Smith and Jim Bridger find the great South Pass-beyond a big mountain-that was to shorten the road to the Pacific and the Northwest.