The backwoods settlement—Crusoe's parentage and early history—The agonizing pains and sorrows of his puppyhood, and other interesting matters.
A shooting-match and its consequences—New friends introduced to the reader—Crusoe and his mother change masters.
Speculative remarks with which the reader may or may not agree—An old woman—Hopes and wishes commingled with hard facts—The dog Crusoe's education begun.
Our hero enlarged upon—Grumps.
A mission of peace—Unexpected joys—Dick and Crusoe set off for the land of the Redskins, and meet with adventures by the way as a matter of course—in the wild woods.
The great prairies of the far west—A remarkable colony discovered, and a miserable night endured.
The "wallering" peculiarities of buffalo bulls—The first buffalo hunt and its consequences—Crusoe comes to the rescue—Pawnees discovered—A monster buffalo hunt—Joe acts the part of ambassador.
Dick and his friends visit the Indians and see many wonders—Crusoe, too, experiences a few surprises, and teaches Indian dogs a lesson—An Indian dandy—A foot-race.
Crusoe acts a conspicuous and humane part—A friend gained—A great feast.
Perplexities—Our hunters plan their escape—Unexpected interruption—The tables turned—Crusoe mounts guard—The escape.
Evening meditations and morning reflections—Buffaloes, badgers, antelopes, and accidents—An old bull and the wolves—"Mad tails"—Henri floored, etc.
Wanderings on the prairie—A war party—Chased by Indians—A bold leap for life.
Escape from Indians—A discovery—Alone in the desert.
Crusoe's return, and his private adventures among the Indians—Dick at a very low ebb—Crusoe saves him.
Health and happiness return—Incidents of the journey—A buffalo shot—A wild horse "creased"—Dick's battle with a mustang.
Dick becomes a horse tamer—Resumes his journey—Charlie's doings—Misfortunes which lead to, but do not terminate in, the Rocky Mountains—A grizzly bear.
Dick's first fight with a grizzly—Adventure with a deer—A surprise.
A surprise, and a piece of good news—The fur-traders—Crusoe proved, and the Peigans pursued.
Adventures with the Peigans—Crusoe does good service as a discoverer—The savages outwitted—The rescue.
New plans—Our travellers join the fur-traders, and see many strange things—A curious fight—A narrow escape, and a prisoner taken.
Wolves attack the horses, and Cameron circumvents the wolves—A bear-hunt, in which Henri shines conspicuous—Joe and the "Natter-list"—An alarm—A surprise and a capture.
Charlie's adventures with savages and bears—Trapping life.
Savage sports—Living cataracts—An alarm—Indians and their doings—The stampede—Charlie again.
Plans and prospects—Dick becomes home-sick, and Henri metaphysical—The Indians attack the camp—A blow-up.
Dangers of the prairie—Our travellers attacked by Indians, and delivered in a remarkable manner.
Anxious fears followed by a joyful surprise—Safe home at last, and happy hearts.
Rejoicings—The feast at the block-house—Grumps and Crusoe come out strong—The closing scene.