The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 56
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an improvement, by sewing brass buttons along the seams of the
The usual dress for the females is the soft bark of the cotton
wood, torn into shreds, about two and a half feet long, then fastened
about the wast, several thicknesses is put on, and more particularly
behind is thicker than the front, in the center of the back is drawn
tighter than any other place which gives it the appearance of the
fashion of dress five or six years ago-the large "bustle" and "joint
These women seem conscious of their handsom forms, and when
walking give a peculiar grace and beauty to their locomotion; the
bark hanging down to the knees like fringe, swinging from side to
side exposing from the knees down the well turned leg and ankle
with small foot;-from the waist upward the fine bust, breasts,
indicating their age, the beautiful taper [ing] arms having strength
as well as beauty. In fact, their appearance when in motion re-
minded me very much of the Peacock strutting with his tail spread.
Some few are hanging about the fort; selling their charms; as a
general thing, this is not the case, it being degrading in the highest
degree, and probably punishable for them to associate thus, with
other than their own nation.
Pasquall, the chief of the Yumas, has been about the ferry
several times; upon inquiring his height I was told in his bare feet
he stood six feet six inches.
After crossing we encamped and herded on the Western bank;
had much difficulty for the cattle were hungry; made an early
start to go to Cook's Well ;42 arrived within one mile of a newly
found Lagoona on the right hand of the road and herded for the
night. Owing to the darkness and difficulty of travelling through
the weeds, myself and two others were encamped with the am-
bulanche, opposite the Lagoona;- at day light the cattle were
watered, then driven out about half a mile to a patch of Careless
Weed, there being a scarcity of grass. After feeding for one or
two hours they were driven back to water, preparatory for starting;
in half an hour Mr. James came to camp, ordered all to make ready
for an immediate start, that the cattle were dying and about forty
42Philip St. George Cooke reached this point with his command in his
march from New Mexico, dug the old well out and then excavated a new
one. Hence his name was applied to the watering place. See Cooke,
"Report," as cited in note 30, p. 558.
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