The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 64
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stances to my dear, only brother. Father and I commence board-
ing at Mr. Whiteside's-in a few days father takes sick-he took
my hand and with tearful eyes said-"I fear we have been here
too long"-what a volume did these few words speak to my soul!
upon which a deadly apathy had seemed to have siezed. I did
not weep I did not speak--but stood alone like a blasted trunk
already stripped of its branches braving the thunderbolts heedless
of the storm--with the attention of the Dr. and timely use of
restoratives he is stirring about in a week's time. Isack B. Desha
is lying in the house at same time sick and a prisoner-he had
been apprehended some weeks previous for the murder of a ,Mr.
Early from Ohio whom he followed to this country for his
money they land on our league at the mouth of the San Jacinto
last spring when we were at work there-they then came on to San
felipe where they remained till we arrived Desha called himself
Parker. He and Early then started alone for San Antonio-at Gon-
zales (90 miles from Sanfelipe) Desha was alone-staid a few
days there and went on to San Antonio-returned to Sanfelipe
sick-told different tales as to Early and was shortly after appre-
hended. On the 23rd father is able to ride about sunset same
day we start for San Antonio-father with a brace of pistols and
I with a rifle leading a pack mule-we travel by moonlight till
one o'clock and lay down in the prairie till morning about mid-
day reach Judge Cumming's on the Colorado-father is quite ex-
hausted and overcome by the excessive heat of the sun remain
here till next day. Judge has a fine young orchard of peach trees-
peaches just ripening-has a rich and valuable farm prairie; and
bottom land finely timbered. Start again-cross the Colorado-
this is another rapid stream somewhat less than the Brazos-and
very seldom overflowing its banks-it is a much shorter river than
the Brazos and the country much healthier-we put up at Mr.
Beeson's-this part of the Colorado is about 25 miles from the
Brazos and becoming quite populous as well as the last named
stream it has a grist mill on it and the frame of a saw mill-
meet with a large company of Tonkaway Indians at Beeson's--a
friendly small tribe. Journey on thro prairie land five miles to
Scull creek-so called from a murder there committed 6 or 7
years since-find no water a dismal savage looking place-turn
my head around and see an Indian with his rifle close up behind
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