Excerpt from Antiquities of the St. Francis, White, and Black Rivers, Arkansas: Part I, St. Francis River; Part II, White, and Black Rivers
The regions covered by us were: St. Francis river to its union with Little river, 172 miles by water,1 and up the latter stream to Lepan... to, 20 miles further; White river to its union with Black river, 265 miles by water; and Black river to its junction with Current river, a distance of 109 miles.
White river is navigable in favorable seasons from the union with Black river to Batesville, Ark., 37 miles by water; but at the time of our visit the state of White river was not such as to permit us to go much farther up it than its union with Black river, nor had our success on White river been such as to tempt us to do so.
As we have explained in former reports, it is our custom each summer to have Mr. J. S. Raybon, captain of the steamer from which our work in the winter is done, who is deeply interested in our investigations and renders efficient aid, visit in advance such territory as we desire to explore, in order to find the exact situa tion of all mounds and cemeteries in that territory, with the names of their owners, that we may obtain permission in advance to investigate these sites, that later our work may not be impeded. Incidentally, we may say that owners of property throughout the South are, as a rule, most kind in granting us permission to dig, and the Academy here takes the opportunity to express its sincere thanks to the owners of mounds and of cemeteries along the rivers we have mentioned, for the cordial way their property was placed at our disposal. As much of this property is culti vated ground, and as we were present at many places in the planting season, per mission for unlimited digging is certainly a considerable favor, and it is so regarded by the Academy.
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