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Nevadas by heavy snows and the loss of his animals. Late in
May, 1827, however, leaving all but two of his companions, he
made the difficult passage of the mountains and reached the
Great Salt Lake in a destitute condition.23 In the fall of that
year, Smith was again in California, bringing with him a second
company of eighteen men, to the rather indignant surprise of
the Californians, who, however, while insisting that he leave the
country, did pot seriously molest him. After, !remaining for
some time, the American intruders continued their journey north-
ward to Oregon where they were attacked by Indians. Many of
the company were killed and all the furs lost, but Smith and
those of his companions who escaped, made their way to Vancouver,
where they obtained assistance from the agents of the Hudson's
Bay Company. Two years later this pioneer of California ex-
plorers was killed in New Mexico.24
The Pattie expedition.-Two years after Smith's arrest in San
Diego, a second party of Americans, eight in number, with Syl-
vester and James Ohio Pattie as leaders, having been found in
Lower California without passports, were brought before the Mex-
ican governor, Echeandia, and thrown into prison on the charge
of being spies of old Spain. The two Patties, father and son,
were Kentuckians who had gradually pushed farther and farther
west until they reached New Mexico and Arizona where for
some years they were alternately miners and trappers. In was
on one of their trapping expeditions down the Colorado that they
attempted to cross the desert to the Spanish settlements on the
coast, succeeding only after the most distressing and unprintable
Their reception by the Californians has been noted; nor were
they so fortunate as Smith had been in securing a swift release.
On the contrary, their prison experience was bitter in the extreme,
"Letter -of Smith to General Clark published in the Missouri Republio,
October 11, 1827. Communication from Cunningham announcing Smith's
arrival at San Diego, Ibid., Oct. 25, 1827.
A"No two authorities agree in the account of Smith's adventures. The
following, however, are probably the most reliable: Chittenden, Fur
Trade, I, 282-7; J. M. Guinn, Captain Jedediah Smith (Historical So-
ciety of Southern California Publications, III, 1896, 45-53). Bancroft
(XX, 152-160) bases his account -on fragmentary records in the Cali-
fornia archives and on a French translation there of the letter from
Smith to General Clark cited above.
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