The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932 Page: 35
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Diary of Fray Gaspar Jose De Solis, in the Year 1767-68 35
In these woods there are many horses, wild mustangs, which, as
soon as they see people, run into the thicket.
On the 12th I passed through various woods of the same trees
mentioned on the foregoing day, some maguey or century plants,
where the Indians of the Carrizo nation run half wild, and are
brought up on the maguey, snakes, dormice, rabbits and other
wild animals. I passed several ayladeros, which are narrow
paths through the thicket and close places of the woods where
the travelers go one by one because they cannot go by twos. I
passed through La Loma Blanca and came to Los Estacas Ranch
which is on the bank of the Rio Grande del Norte, on which
bank there are many settlements of the Carrizo Indians. This
river contains many fish, eel, barbel, etc., its fishpond is pleasant
but not very large. Here I baptized a little Carrizo Indian baby
who was dying, and I named him Manuel Jos6 and gave him to
his god-fathers who were the overseers of that ranch in order that
they might educate him if by any chance he should live. I did
not baptize three other Indians of the same nation who brought
me out of the woods, although they had not been baptized. They
were a youth of about eighteen or twenty years, and two boys,
one of fourteen and the other of sixteen. They had not been
instructed and catechised in Our Holy Faith on account of not
having the opportunity. I sent them to his Reverence the Priest
of the town of Laredo which is about ten leagues up the river
from there, in order that he might instruct them and baptize
them. Here also I confessed several men and women. The water
of the river is good.
On the 13th I came to the Dolores Hacienda, for the horses,
mules, cattle, sheep and goats of Don Joseph Borrego, on the
bank of the Rio del Norte, which I crossed in a boat with a very
good sail; it belongs to the government of Nuevo Santander del
Seno de Mexico. Here the Reverend Preacher Fray Pedro
Alderete was waiting and I remained the 16th day. On Ash
Wednesday several men and women confessed and I received com-
munion, and I said mass for three days, and put ashes on sev-
eral people. I was met by Fray Francisco Sedano, procurador
and conductor of the interior missions of the Province of Texas,
who came to receive me with an escort of eight soldiers sent by
His Excellency Don Hugo de O'Conor from the Presidio of
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