The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 215
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De Le6n's Expedition of 1689.
found, but thirty-six were still missing.' At this we quickened
our pace to the camp. There we heard also that a soldier had been
lost in the search for the horses. At this news sundry squadrons
of soldiers were sent out in search of him, but he did not appear
19. Thursday, the 19th, since neither the soldier nor the horses
had appeared, two squadrons of soldiers set out in different direc-
tions to look for them; the governor went in person; but despite
their diligent efforts the lost were not found. [The search-party],
therefore, slept (se quedaron a dormir) in the open [that night],
to continue the search. Indians from different rancherias came
to the camp that day; we gave (agasajamos) them tobacco and
other things, and charged them to scour the country in search of
the soldier and the horses that were missing, promising them due
return for the service.
20. Wednesday, the 20th, the party did not set out, because
neither soldier nor horses had appeared. The efforts of the day
before were repeated with new squadrons of soldiers. Just after
they had left, the lost man came, guided by several Indians. He
said that that night [after he had been lost] he had come to an
Indian ranckeria where he spent the night; that he had been un-
decided whether to stay there, because of his suspicion that they
were going to kill him, but that he had been treated with great
kindness. It was no little good fortune that he escaped from
danger at the hands of so barbarous a race.2 Though the astrolabe
was broken, we righted it that day as best we could and made an
observation of the sun, and found ourselves in latitude 28 41'
21. Thursday, the 21st, our party advanced (salimos con el
real), sometimes east, sometimes east-by-north,4 sometimes north-
'[On the return to camp] "we learned that three days previous the
horses had stampeded, and a number having been recovered, fifty were
still missing." (Letter.)
'The Letter does not go into detail in regard to the search for the sol-
dier, but narrates fully what happened to him during his four days' ab-
8The reckoning here seems to be about right.
'The text has merely "4ta al Nordeste" at this point. Leste, however, is
naturally supplied before I4ta, from what precedes.
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