The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 58
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for all who have brought cattle this year; at Los Angeles fat beef
cattle are worth only from twenty five to thirty dollars pr head.
This is now the last day of October, and the weather is like
Spring, except a few mornings I have been going without any
coat all the time.
The tide of emigration is rapidly rolling into the newly acquired
territory in Sonora. The beautiful valley of the Santa Cruz River
seems to be the principle point of destination.
Hlolliday agrees to take my baggage and the two Mexicans but
will not take the woman-one of them has a woman-under any
consideration; says there is nothing under heaven that could induce
him to carry a woman in a train. What an ungallant man !
Holliday is a great, big, Elephant looking man, and seems to
have a good deal of the "milk of human kindness" in his bosom,
and set him down at once as a clever man.
During my stay at Pilot Knob I made my home at Mr Thomp-
son's -one of the owners of the ferry, and must do him the justice
to say that a cleverer man I have not met with for many a day.
Mr. Thompson has been for several years an unsettled citizen of
Sonora and California and in former times kept a hotel in Austin
City; he anticipates a great run of custom for some time to come
from the emigration to Sonora.
To-day a train of forty mules and twenty three men arrived
from Los Angeles on their way to Santa Cruz Valley, also a train
of Mexicans, about the same number, on their way to the settle-
ments in California, from Sonora.
We left-Geo. Craig and myself-Pilot Knob to-day about two
o'clock and encamped on the desert five miles further than Cook's
A severe Norther sprang up on the night of the twenty eight,
and continued till to-night to twelve o'clock; the clouds of sand,
with the piercing coldness made travelling exceedingly uncom-
fortable, and had like to have froze us out.
31 Tuesday. Left camp at sun-rise, slight norther blowing
although prospect of a fair day.
Now encamped at the Balleceta (small valley) there is a small
grocery store on the road side.
Stopped at two camping places on the desert, not mentioned in
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933, periodical, 1933; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101093/m1/66/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.