The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 18
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to handle one of the oars. They asked if I knew anything about
pulling. I replied that I could row as well as, or better than, any
one of the immigrants. Then Supercargo Little said they would
see. It was the first exposure of my rifle and outfit, which nat-
urally created some little surprise and comment.
The following morning was clear and pleasant with a southeast
wind. I went to the boat and steadied the mast of the yawl and
hung the sail. This was done with but few knowing it, though I
had Jimmy to help me, since the mast and sail had to be brought
from the vessel. I went up and got my breakfast, when something
was said about getting the sail out, as we had a fair wind to go
down with. Then Jimmy remarked that the mast and sail was
rigged. I was the first down and took my seat in the bow, with oar
in hand, when we found that we were eight in all. We had a beau-
tiful sail to the western shore of the bay, and we supposed it to be
forty or fifty miles. We reached there near sunset. We learned
where there was a scrubby growth of brush wood, but had some
difficulty in finding fire wood.
In the morning we set out nearly a west course, over a dense
prairie, covered with nothing but grass, which was generally as
tall as a man. We kept our course for two or three hours, looking
out for timber in some direction or other. The thirst of the party
became intense. Mr. Jack Lovelace proposed to break into three
parties, the two outside to diverge to the right and left, i. e., to the
north and to the south. I preferred the north direction. When the
old Governor said that some of us would be lost in this prairie, I
then for the first time showed what old Mr. Nichols had the fore-
sight to furnish me among other things,--a small pocket compass
about 2j inches in diameter, in a small brass box. So I struck off
and found Holston and Jack following. I perceived that the prairie
had once been part of the Gulf and had been built up by the deposit
of the Gulf current, and that the prospects for timber and water
must be to the north. It was now getting past midday. I took my
course east of north. We had gone perhaps two hours, say five or
six miles, when we saw the appearance of timber. Mr. Holston
started back with a flag on his ramrod, which he thrust into his
gun a foot or so. After going a mile or two he fired his gun, and
the middle party saw the flag, and one of them went for the men
who were going south. They had diverged but little and were soon
called in. When we all got together and to the timber, it was quite
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