The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 82
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bringing only the bedding, a kettle, and a frying pan; and that
there were no provisions to bring but a peck of rice. They asked how
we had all lived, and I answered that we had killed some game.
They asked who killed it, and I said first one and then another.
Then I added that Mr. Beard and Nelson would tell them all about
it, and that we were almost there.
When we arrived I remarked that this was my camp, and that the
other belonged to Beard and the balance. I told the Governor that
in anticipation of their arrival I had a fine roasted turkey for them.
Just then I got out of the boat at my landing, whereupon they all
got out and fell to eating; for they had been on short allowance
themselves and had a taste of what hunger is.
They reported that they had gone up for six days and could hear
nothing of the land settlers. Little remarked that they heard the re-
port of a rifle the day they started back. I said I should have known
from whom it came, but I saw at a glance from the old Governor
that this remark was not pleasing to him. He replied that they sus-
pected they were Indians, and that it determined them to return as
quick as possible. This was all gammon and soft soap. I had reason
a short time after to believe that they had met with the settlers
above, and that they could hear nothing of Colonel Austin. This
intelligence would tend to dissatisfaction and discontent in the
camp, and if it was known that a settlement was above us it might
produce a stampede-particularly as the vessel had left us so unex-
pectedly, and that in a starving condition.
My mind was greatly exercised as to coming events with us. I,
however, came to one conclusion, which was that my chance was bet-
ter than most, and equally fair with the best. If I could keep my
powder dry and my gun in order, I felt I could make the settlement
at Nacogdoches if I could keep clear of the Indians.
Little and the old Governor gave our "steward and cook" a pretty
sound lecture as to the prodigal use of the provisions, particularly
the sugar, tea, and coffee, as these were intended for the sick; but it
was now too late to cry.
In an hour or two it was decided to send the boat to the mouth of
the river to see if the vessel had been back; as it had been agreed
that either party was to leave some token if it returned and did not
find the other. And it was determined that we should go to work
and build boats (pirogues) and continue our route up the river. I
was to go down with Little, the Governor, and three others of the
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