The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 92
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92 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
haps a better and older hunter than I. Mr. Jacky said it was best
that I take the old seat, as I was quicker than anyone he ever saw,
and that he believed I had not missed but once or twice on the route.
Nothing of interest occurred, except now and then a deer or turkey
was taken. . . . .2
Two days and a half brought us to our stopping place. Now I
have never since visited that part of Texas, and do not know what
name was given to it. Let me describe it, and locate landmarks
that must still exist, though it has now been just about fifty-two
years since I was there. Our landing was made on the west side of
the river, where the prairie came right up to the bank, forming a
bluff, and being the only high land that had reached the river on
either side. There was a vacancy of timber of perhaps a mile or
more on the river bank. The alluvial low land sloped off on the
lower end or south gradually from the prairie to the timber and
heavy cane brakes. At or near the upper termination of the prairie,
and perhaps a little way into the woods or timber, a singular phe-
nomena (if it might be called so) was a deep cation, bayou, or
ditch. A half mile from the mouth it was forty or more feet wide.
The sides were quite perpendicular, and it was nearly or quite twen-
ty feet deep. It extended two or three miles at right angles to the
river to the west, the river here being north and south. The prairie
was quite level for miles around. . .
There was but one crossing on the cation for two or more miles.
It connected with the river through a point or strip of timber. Now
a little above this was the lower end of the only "falls" of the river
that we noticed. At the head of the "falls" and a little above, the
river made a considerable detour to the west, and then a half mile,
and it turned back perhaps twenty-five degrees north. The "falls"
were not passable in low water with a yawl or skiff without the help
of a line. It seems to me there must have been a fall of four feet in
the hundred yards. The opposite land, or east side, was heavy cane
brake, in which a Mr. Morton made a clearing in the spring of '22.
Mr. Little commenced putting up a log cabin, say twenty or
twenty-five feet square, the men carrying the logs from the land be-
a Here follow several pages of details relative to the killing of a bear.
* The matter omitted here consists of a theory as to the origin of the
4 Mr. Lewis is describing the present site of Richmond.-G. M. B.
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