The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 21
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Adventures of the "Lively" Immigrants.
born and bred among wild horses and cattle and an abundance of
wild animals and game. Then I left to hunt for a hole of water in
the bayou to wash my "hunter's choice" for my supper. Here my
The others went on skinning and cutting up such parts as could
be well packed, and when they had got through I was called for. I
had stretched myself for a nap, being tired and suffering from loss
of sleep the night before. I started after all had gone forward and
again took up my tramp through the prairie. The idea I had first
formed as to the land having once been a part of the gulf was cor-
rect. Here, at a distance of perhaps seven or eight miles from the
beach, evidences were numerous as to this formation. I reached my
point of intersection with the route followed by the others some
little time before the others arrived. I had taken a seat on a high
bunch of grass and weeds, and while awaiting the arrival of the
others I killed my first mule-eared rabbit. This one was at least
as large again as our Western tribe, and was a perfect curiosity to
me. It differed from ours of Kentucky only in its size and its im-
mense ears. I skinned it down to the foreparts and severed it
beyond the kidneys.
By this time some of our party had come in here. After resting
a short time, it now being ten or eleven o'clock, the question was dis-
cussed as to direction of the boat. The Governor and Little decided
on a course nearly east. I told Ar. Jack that they should go more
to the south. I struck out nearly southeast, taking an observation
for that course of a half mile or so. They were fifteen or twenty
degrees south of me, and were soon out of my sight. I took an
object in my old course and then another. This brought me as I
thought in the vicinity of the bay. I had, however, to go one or two
stages further, when I saw the water of the bay glistening before me.
Being a little doubtful as to my course, I had yielded a little to
theirs. I at first was a little bothered as to the locality of the boat,
but when I looked for the island I at once discerned that I was too
much to the south. I thought I was nearer the island than when
we landed. I found the boat three-quarters of a mile north of me.
The others didn't get in until late in the evening. I had gathered
some weeds, sticks, and chunks, which had been driven ashore.
When they arrived, a consultation was held as to whether we should
sail at once, or wait until morning. It was then about three o'clock
p. m. I was (unexpectedly to me) appealed to as to what was the
best to do. I said that we could not worst ourselves by going then.
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