The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 63
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A Log of the Texas-California Cattle Trail, 1854
ground in a grave heated with fire and a large heated stone on the
stomach; during the time, the men and women are dancing, singing
and feasting over the grave; the Interpreter tells me that some
times it causes their death.
Quantities of grain game &c is ready for presentation to their
friends from above, during the feast.
28 Tuesday. Had a severe Norther a few days ago. Weather
is unexceptionable, the freshness of vegetation is only wanting to
make it equal to Spring.
Had a comfortable bath a few days since in the stream nearby.
While in the Rancheria (Town) the other evening, an aged
Indian came up and requested something. The Inte[r]preter ex-
plained what he wanted - Tobacco-and I gave him a small peice;
he received it thankfully, invoked a blessing on my head, and in-
formed me that "God would pay for it."
Quite a good looking Indian woman who had a child in arms
came to the door one morning and asked for something to eat, "Do
give me something to eat, I am so hungry, and suckling my child
Last night I recd a letter from James. I had begun to think,
he had left me in the lurch, to get to Los Angelles the best way I
could. I start in a few minutes on mule, back. Made nine miles
to Ryan's Camp. Started early next morning; by eight o'clock we
had made forty miles; very tired stopped at a Mexican house - a
cup of coffee with some bread and beef we brought along, made our
supper; slept in the kitchen - after some breakfast next morning
early, started for Los Angeles - about forty-five miles. Great
many Cattle, Horses & sheep in this valley; the hills look as if
vegitation never would sp[r]ing up again they are kept so clean
by the animals grazing on them.
Came to William's Rancho early, fed our animals with Barley
and started on; came to what is called the Monte about noon. This
valley is said to be the richest in California and was once the bed
of a large lake, the soil is deposit and of immense richness and
depth. This must necessarily be so; for years the deposit from
enormous herds of cattle &c has been washing into the lake; it is
settling rapidly, has a small town in it called Franklin, in which
there is quite a respectable looking Mission; land here is worth
from five to twenty dollars pr acre.
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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/m1/71/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.