The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 28
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the bayou and back in the swamp; for this land, like that along
the Mississippi, Red, and Arkansas, and perhaps all other alluvial
soils, is seen to be higher immediately on the margin of the water
course than it is further back. This I suppose to be due to the fact
that in a flood or high stage of water sufficient to overflow the
banks, the heaviest particles of the impregnated water, as soon as it
is left to become still, settle first after leaving the swift bubbling
circling current, and of course this makes the deposit greater than
it is further out.
Mattigan and I turned to cross the river, and on the opposite
,bank we saw a very large raccoon on his hind legs surveying us,
apparently not the least alarmed. Mattigan wanted me to shoot or
let him have a shot, but I refused. When he asked why not and
said it might be good eating, I told him I was after larger game
than a raccoon. He exclaimed, "Be sure, is he the raccoon of
Amirica ?" I said to him that he must stop talking, for the human
voice would make the most ferocious and wildest animals of the
woods cower and run.
We crossed over and I made my calculations to go in as near a
parallel line with the river as I could, and told Mattigan to go to,
or within a half mile or so of, the river, down toward the other
camp. I told him not to go too fast and he might make all the
noise he wished; he might sing any of his Irish songs, as I knew he
was quite gifted in that way. I remained still until I supposed he
had gone the proper distance, when I cautiously went on my way.
We had, or I had, gone a mile when three deer passed within a hun-
dred yards of me, going in the direction of the bayou. I saw they
knew nothing of our presence, so I thought I could find them on
my return. They were not much alarmed, for they were going in
I pursued my course, and came to a blown up half grown tree
giving quite an inviting seat, which I took near the roots. I had
been there half an hour when my attention was attracted by the
noise of breaking sticks, which came from a thicket of undergrowth
perhaps an acre or so in size. I knew that it was an animal of some
kind, and that it was going to cross before me, for it appeared to be
going at right angles to my course. Soon it came out and stopped.
It had the wind of me, and I knew it would break off in a run. It
was but sixty yards away and I determined to risk a shot. I shot
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900, periodical, 1900; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101015/m1/36/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.