The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 234
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
waist up and dark as Indians, they were tollerably well armed, and
had the most stilleto-you in their dark look, of any I've ever seen.
To our inquiries, of what they were doing, where from etc. they
told us in Mexcan, they were from a rancho betwene Rhinosa and
Mier, and were catching wild horses. After breakfast traveled 30
miles and stoped on one of the sloughs that drain the Salt-lake to
prepare our dinner. The water was beautiful and clear, but very
brackish being strongly impregnated with salts and sulphur. The
troops and Indians had left fire where ever there was water, which
getting in the dry grass had burned over the whole surface of the
country. In places no grass was to be found for a distance of 20
or 30 miles. At sunset we packed up and traveled fifteen or 20
miles further without finding water. Making the days ride not
less than 60 miles. (Our poor horses have had no good grass since
night before last) Tonight but very little as dry as stubble. After
unpacking, I armed myself, and started alone on foot in search of
water. I walked till nearly exhausted, without seeing a place that
looked as if it had been moistened since the flood, I doubt whether
it was then, but believe that this country was reserved as an abiding
place for thousands of reptiles and monsters, which Noah wisely
concluded would trouble some customers in the ark during his
We discovered some Indians or Mexicans lying about our camp.
But arranged our watch, lay down and despite Mexicans, Indians,
thirst and fatigue slept soundly untill morning.
Nov. 1st. Started at light and in two hours time reached an old
well, this well though not "digged" in the day of Joseph of Ara-
mathea may from its appearance date its origin back a century and
a half, the Mexicans have no knowledge of the time or by whom
these wells were constructed, there are several large vats or reser-
voirs above ground capable of holding fifty thousand gallons of
water, they are constructed of limestone and made perfectly water-
tight by the cement used, which is certainly a superior kind, there
are long troughs of the same materials attached to the wells for
the purpose of watering cattle. But those who once watered their
flocks and heards have long since been "gathered to their fathers."
Their heards and flocks have fallen a pray to their hereditary
enemy, the comanches or the Notre Americanoes. The water of the
wells was so brackish we concluded not to stop for breakfast untill
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931, periodical, 1931; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101091/m1/250/: accessed January 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.