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nical name) and started to run away. She finally fell. I was afraid she
would break a leg, but burros' legs are tough. Mr. May came to help
us and we got things straightened out.
I received Mr. Greene's telegram in Valentine, so people knew
who we were. I bought a loaf of bread a yard long at a restaurant.
It had been baked about ten days before, I judge.
I was glad to get out of town, as I have too much sinful pride
to enjoy walking around any kind of a town in such clothes. They
were my worst clothes at their worst. When we go back, I am going
to dress up as swell as I possibly can and walk all over that town.
We met Mr. Newton in town and he told us the road. Later, as
we and the burros were lurching along the way, just out of town,
he met us again. He laughed at our carriage and horses, and harness.
He poked fun at the idea of living thus. He asked us, "Is that the
way educated people live? I haven't any education. I don't know.
What do you get out of it?" He was good enough to offer us his
house on the ranch to sleep in that night, but we did not want to go
out of our way, and it did not look like rain, so we slept by the
roadside again. Mr. Newton did not think our outfit would stand
the trip to Candelaria. Everyone warned us about the long hill.62
The mail driver the next day told us we could not pull through the
mud hole at the gate, but we had no trouble at all.
At noon we found a tank to water the burros and stopped for
dinner. We were getting up toward the big mountain then.5" Sud-
denly rain began to fall. We crept under the buggy, after getting out
our coats and tried to eat one can 'of corn and biscuits, but the
puddles drove us out and we sat on the rocks of the tank bank and
let it rain. It did rain tool The donkeys put on their most dejected
air, humped their backs and dropped their heads. I thought the rain
was a passing shower. It passed all right, but turned around and
came back again, and other showers came to join it.
52The warning was directed toward the section of road that negotiated the Rim
Rock country south of the Brite Ranch headquarters and Capote Peak in western
Presidio County, Texas. The editors are especially grateful to Dr. Barton H. War-
nock of Sul Ross State College, Alpine, Texas, for his interest in the expeditions of
Miss Young and for his extremely generous assistance in verifying the routes fol-
lowed in the Davis Mountains and particularly in the Candelaria-Ruidosa-Hot
Springs area. Additional information on the Rim Rock country was supplied by
Sheriff W. B. Medley, R. H. Bloys, and Nick M. Thee.
saCapote Peak. See United States Geological Survey Topographical Map, San
Carlos Sheet (1896 edition); Virginia Madison, How Come It's Called That? Place
Names in the Big Bend Country (Albuquerque, 1958), 1o1. The work of mapping
the Valentine-Candelaria route was greatly expedited by the co-operation of S. C.
Carney of the United States Geological Survey, Surface Water Branch, in Austin,
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