The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 80, July 1976 - April, 1977 Page: 400
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gets $I.oo per day and the apprentice mason $1.50 to $2.00 per day. The
work is quite different from that in Germany. The houses are built of
natural limestone that lies in abundance on top of the ground in this part
of the country. A hatchet is used for squaring the stones instead of a mason's
hammer. A mason's apron is unknown here. The soft limestone is easy
to work. These stones get harder as they are exposed to the air. I probably
need not tell you that I have to be careful to keep from mistakes, and that
I can go to sleep in the evenings without being rocked to sleep.
The temperature is 270 to 280 R6aumur (930 to 950 Fahrenheit) in
the shade and over 400 Reaumur (120o Fahrenheit) on the wall. We
have to change clothes several times each day, and we are plagued very
much by prickly heat. This is a rash, and you rub off your skin because of
the constant itching. Many people have very bad cases of it.
San Antonio, July 27112
Today is a day of rest and that suits me. I did not take a holiday, but
I did take a good rest. It rained so much yesterday evening and last night
that we could not work. I took a horseback ride with the master mason to
his limekiln. This gave me an opportunity to become closer acquainted with
the surrounding country. I should add to what I wrote earlier that we found
some tasty berries and that I was delighted to see a passionflower that was
blooming beautifully and bearing yellow, edible fruit the size of a hen's
egg. The mosquitoes are always eager for combat here too. The San An-
tonio River is a wonderful place for a bath.
San Antonio, July 31
Anwandter and Bading II [the younger] came here too. Anwandter works
with me for the same stonemason, but he is ill at the present time. Bading
II worked for several days as a hod carrier, but he wants to see whether
he can get work as a carpenter. Also Hermann is here now. He is working
for a man for ten dollars a month with room and board and laundry.
Andreas and Steidel came here, too, and worked one day for an American,
but they went back because of bad treatment. One young German merchant
here, who has many recommendations, cannot find any employment. He
tried to work for several Americans, but he stopped after a few days. There
is much building going on here. The reasons for that may be the cholera
and the projected road to California.
"1'The date, July 27, is a mistake; it should be July 3o.
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