The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 84
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appeared to be on the opposite, or west, side. The men we sent out
reported finding what would answer some three miles higher up;
so those who did not go back with the boat went to carrying what
was here up to the opposite side, where we were to establish a boat
I soon saw my place. It was in the occupation of hunter with
Stephen Holston, Jacky Lovelace, and Beddinger. Mr. Harrison,
who, though he had a fine gun, had no experience in the woods, was
supernumerary. At first, for four or six days, we had no difficulty in
keeping meat ahead, always drying when we had a surplus. The
negro boy, William, the servant of Harrison, did nothing but jerk
and take care of the excess. This was generally of venison, but oc-
casionally there were three or four turkeys, which were usually bar-
becued. In this condition they would not spoil.
About this time the men had finished boating up all they had to
bring, even tools for farming, grub and weeding hoes, cane knives,
etc. I turned loose about my drift canoe, and desired the use of the
boat and two hands to go and examine it. Little was not in favor
of this, but the old Governor approved it; and I took Mattigan and
the other Irishman-Gibson, I think, was his name-and invited
Mr. Jacky to go also, for I rather suspected that Little was afraid
to trust me and the men with the boat, fearing that we might turn
Well, we started them down, and we took the land to try to kill
something on the way, which Mr. Jacky did a short way below our
camp on the bayou. As the boat had passed down, we carried the
deer between us to the next bend below, where we intercepted the
party, got in, and went on, leaving Mattigan and Gibson to skin
and hang up the venison and to build a good fire.
We had a grub hoe, hand saw, axe, and spade. We took the spade
and grub hoe and went a half mile, rather on the outside of the
drift, when we reached the canoe. We soon cleared away one side
and the inside and found the boat sound, but there was a large split
from one edge running five or six feet rather towards the other end
and from the top to nearly the bottom. Mr. Jacky said that was
easily doctored if nothing was worse. We now tried to examine the
bottom and the other end, but it was covered with a drift of large
logs. We went for water and something to eat and returned with the
others and the tools, i. e., the axe and saw. We commenced getting
away the drift and sand and expected to find the boat rotten, for it
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