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Dicke, Robert J. (ed.) / Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
volume XLIV (1955)

McCabe, Robert A.
The prehistoric engineer-farmers of Chihuahua,   pp. 75-90 PDF (6.1 MB)


Page 90

90 Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters [Vol. 44 
erosion which now threatens to scar these hills will inevitably wash away
the last vestiges of check-dams and stone ruins. 
 The teeth Qf the cow are not unlike the teeth of a saw in destroying wilderness.
The old dung and a host of weeds near our camp gave mute witness to the fact
that the cow and herdsman had at least reconnoitered the Gavilan valley.
What will come after lumbering, after grazing to a land that can afford neither?
 I am sorry in the knowledge that the tall pines and the mesas must part
company and that in turn the hills may wither, the clear streams become dry
creek beds, and the trinchera stones slide downhill. But I am sorrier still
for those who have had no opportunity to see this magnificent wilderness
in the period between the Spaniards and the sawyers. 


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