The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 59
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John Crittenden Duval.
llth.-It was fine again, and Duval continued a correct
course across the prairie. At mid-day he crossed the
Tres Palacios creek. He makes a bow of cedar, but
is much disappointed in failing to manufacture a suit-
able string. At night he is disturbed by a panther.
12th.-I-Te crossed timber lands and finds a freshly shot hog at
a ransacked house.
13th.-Duval crosses a considerable creek to a prairie with
groves of oaks and hackberries. He here narrowly es-
capes a band of about twenty Indians. He camps in a
14th.-He finds wild onions, much to his delight. Crosses a
wide prairie to timber, and finds the Colorado river
high and rapid.
15,th.-IHe swims the Colorado. It was two hundred yards
wide, swollen by recent rains. He continues a long
march to the timber on the "Old Caney." The bot-
tom of the Caney he describes as a continuous cane-
brake sixty or seventy miles long. In the timber he
finds an abandoned settlement. The houses had been
plundered. At one he finds a wild cat pursuing a hen.
The cat shows fight and Duval retreats, but finally
gets the hen.
16th.-No road across the Caney discovers itself. Duval ex-
plores down the bottom and finds another house, with
several dogs, but otherwise deserted. It had remained
undisturbed, and the dogs were glad to see him. He
found here an abundance of food, furniture, clothes,
and books. There were negro quarters. Duval, evi-
dently, is very weak from want of proper food, fatigue
17th, 18th and 19th.-Remains at this house to rest, feed and
20th.-He tries to leave, but the dogs persist in following. To
evade them, he leaves quietly at midnight. One, how-
ever, followed his trail, and in spite of a beating was
his companion to the end of his journey. He gave the
dog the name of "Scout." Duval camped for the re-
mainder of the night in the cane-brake.
21st.-He discovers centipedes and bears. Tries vainly to cut
his way through the brake. He comes to a house that
is evidently the home of a wealthy planter. It is well
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