The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 233
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Through Texas and Northern Mexico in 1846-1847 233
retreated to the main body, wich almost as if by magic, formed on
a high piece of ground, with all the precision, and regularity of
a well trained troop of cavalry. Each band headed by its own
leader. What was to me singular, and as I thought wise in their
tactics, was that each band preserved an open space betwene it and
that on the right and left, about equal to that occupide. This
was in Mexican phrase "their wheeling distance." When we
had approached with [in] four hundred y'ds, the signal of "'Bout
face" and off, was given. I will not attempt to describe the scene,
and its effects on me. For a distance of three miles they were in
full view, tossing their proud necks, and flowing mains into the
air; and coursing with the speed of the wind over their native
prairie. Saw many herds of antelopes today. The latter are
beautiful animals. Water scarce, found only in holes, which are
stirred up daily by thousands of wild horses, and are at all times
swarming with geese, ducks, and cranes, besides frogs and other
reptiles innumerable. Made 40 or 45 miles today. Left the
"trail" and traveled untill we found a small puddle of foul water
about 8 o'clock at night. We dislodged the geese and tride the
water, it was composed of about three fourths of the essential
fluid; the other part, of goose and mustang "sign"; the remaining
ingredience I was unable by Star-light to analize, but, they were
neither pleasant to sight or taste. We kindled no fire to night, we
had eat our dinner and supper about 3 in the afternoon, and were
now in the hart of the Comanche range.
Met with no Indians today, and but two Mexicans, they were
they said going to Corpus Christi trading. The country over
wich we have passed since leaving the Bay is very level with only
here and there a stunted netle or forlorne musquit tree, it might as
well be destitute of timber.
31st. Saddled up at light, and struck the Ky trail about eight
A. M. rode 15 miles and stoped at a "water hole" and prepared
our breakfast. Before reaching the water we passed through a
thick grove of musquit, where in the densest part of the chaperel,
Sayer and I had got a few hundred yards in advance. We were
in close conversation. On looking up, I saw at some distance ahead
on our left, two naked red devils sliding down out of a musquit
tree. We examined our arms and without waiting for those behind
proceeded to the place, we found two Mexicans naked from the
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