The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 27
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Adventures of the "Lively" Immigrants.
two men, Beard and Nelson, the New York engineer, were gener-
ally in the lead. At first I gently remonstrated and I think it
tended to stimulate them, for by this time I had become a favorite
with most of the party. They understood that but for me they
would have been in a starving condition. Beddinger, the other
hunter having a rifle, had that morning killed a deer which, to-
gether with my two turkeys, helped them through. Well, I started
up to learn more of the bayou and try to get over. I ran my ram-
rod down once or twice to ascertain what kind of a bottom it was,
and then I tried it again with a long stick. It was loblolly. This
I anticipated, but I soon observed that logs and all manner of
brush and debris were quite abundant and that they accumulated
as I went up. I soon came to a log, which I crossed, marking the
place so that Mattigan could cross there also. I proceeded to find
my dead otter, for this was what it was, a young one more than
half grown, and very fat.
Now I began to make my way down toward the mouth of the
bayou, looking out for a convenient place to camp. This I selected
nearly on the bank of the river. I went about preparing to make a
fire when Mattigan made his appearance on the other side of the
bayou, with our "sleeping irons," i. e., our blankets. I directed him
to where I had crossed, saying that he would find a blaze cut on a
sapling to mark the place. He put out, and as it was a full mile he
was some time coming around. He said he had come near getting
a shot at three deer, which detained him. I could not but smile at
the idea of him, a raw Irishman, shooting a deer, as in all prob-
ability he never had fired off a gun. I had taken the skin off our
game, and we put it on the coals to broil. It was very acceptable,
as we were exceedingly hungry.
It was now near 12 o'clock. I said I was going back across the
bayou to try to kill another deer for the others, late in the evening
or early in the morning. We started off, taking a little round to
learn what was to be seen. To my surprise I encountered a cane
brake, but not of large growth, and I saw a good deal of deer and
turkey sign. Here I found the first pecan trees I had seen, the
ground in many places being covered with pecans and the hulls.
Bear sign was to be seen, and of very recent date. I found the
pecan and hackberry trees very numerous here. Near the banks of
the bayou and river I think the land was a little higher than below
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