The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 232
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
tious, prudent, cool, and calculating, possesses much moral cour-
age, sound principals, and an inflexible will, and purpose. A
lawyer by profession. I have had but little opportunity of studing
Kelsoe. He is a merchant of Corpus, has lived in Montera and
Carmargo. His countenance and physiognomy are of the worst
order. I would take him to be a man without honourable princi-
pal, covetous, mis[e]rly, weak, insincere, suspicious, and cowardly.
Conceit, cunning, and artifice, are in him substitutes for talents,
energy, and courage. If I have done him injustice in this, I will
recall it, or so much as is unjust. The Mexican, I take to be
a good type of his race - a lazy, lousy, blanket generation of
thieves and cut throats.
We stoped for dinner at the Rangers camp, twelve miles from
town. Their camp is in the open prairie, with not a bush that
would afford shade or shelter. Tents are a convenience to which
they are strangers. They seem to be wild frolicksome hospitable
fellows, with plenty to eat and nothing to do. We camped on the
margin of the beautiful lake above named. Cooked and eat our
supper, put out our fire, and arrang'd our watch for the night. I
being unwell took the first watch, the balance lay down to sleep.
The sky was hazy, the wind blew in fitful gusts, and everything
portended a storm.
30th. A heavy mist falling this morning, the clouds were
scudding over the ground, it was impossible to see a quarter of a
mile a head. In heading around the lake we lost our course there
was no road nor ever had been - the wind was constantly shifting,
and it was impossible to find it. Our Mexican guide knew as little
of the rout as I did, and less of the course. About 11 a. m. we
struck Gen - Taylors trail, made last spring in his march to Mon-
tera. About 1 p. m. struck the trail of the Tenn. Reg.
At 3 struck the Ky. trail from San Patricia to Carmargo.
During the evenings travel saw a number of broke down horses.
One poor fellow had been down in the prairie which was burning -
the fire had nearly surrounded him. We approached within a few
feet. - After several efforts we got him up and ledd off to a place
of safty. We saw large droves of mustangs. One of the herds
must have contained five thousand. My companions computed the
number at seven. It was one of the finest sights I've ever beheld,
on our approach the straglers and sentinels on flanks and out posts,
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