The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 34
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Southw'estern Historical Quarterly
tion and hair breadth "Scapes" he reached the settlements on the
Brazos. He attached himself to one of the ranging companies on
the frontier. A life more congenial, I should think, to him than
all others. He is yet an Indian in his manners, feelings, and
22nd. Divided the little money we had, and five of the party
went on to San Antonio. Shiply, Baker, and myself remained at
St. Marks. Both of the former had the chills and fever. I got 20
grains of quinine and a dozen pills in Austin, for w[h]ich I paid
81,50 [$1.50] ct. this I divided with them.
23rd. Left St. Marks. We had not gone more [than] 5 miles
before Shipply became so ill we were compelled to stop with him in
the middle of the burning prairie, under some half-dead live oak.
Baker took my horse, and road five miles a head, in search of
water before he found any. When he did, it was a hole in the bed
of a dry creek. He returned in two hours with some of it, we
were both better and able to ride. We reached New Brounsfield
[New Braunfels], a town built up within a year; by a colony of
Germans. After much enquiry, much (gibberish) for if one party
had spoken Arabic and the other Sancrit, we would [have] equally
well understood each other) we found a place to stay for the night.
24th. Remained all day in New Brounsfield, it stands on the
west bank of the Comal, a stream formed by a spring about a mile
above the town. in every respect, it resembles the St. Marks only
it is perhaps one third larger. Two or two and a half miles from
its source it emties into the Guadaloupe river. In this distance
it has a fall of 150 or 200 feet. Some of the finest mill sites in
the world. The Guadaloupe is a beaut[i]ful stream formed by a
number of large springs like the Comal. The town is situated on
ground equal in point of elligibility and beauty to St. Marks. The
colony consists of about 400 souls, principally living in the town.
A great deal of sickness prevails among them, - particularly those
who have recently arrived from Europe. They remained down
on the gulf when they were landed, many of them, two months
without shelter of any kind - exposed to the rain and the sun-
it was truly painful to see the poor emaciated creatures cralling
about. Many have died, yet those who have been here a year or
two, and the American citizens are very healthy. I must think
one of the chief causes of their sickness is a want of cleanliness in
their persons and houses. Many of them men, women, and chil-
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