The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 146
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provisions a little, I was forced to the last expedient--that of
selling a part of my outfit-a Pistol Blanket and Shirt was all that
I sacrificed. The morning of the 16th we moved on twelve miles
and pitched our tents with Thorns train and two other Companys
who had been waiting for us two days- A report had reached
them that there was a band of Guerillas about fifty miles ahead
laying in wait for the emigrant trains-and they therefore deter-
mined to wait for a reinforcement. We were opposed to uniting
again with the Ox teams-but to avoid any unnecessary risk-
have to submit to the seeming necessity of the case- The evening
of the 17th found us again in motion, the order of march being
Ox teams in front-and the Green Waggons or Great Western
bringing up the rear- At this point the River makes an elbo to
the right-and the road inclines to the left passing round a high
mountain. Our way bill says fifteen leagues to water- The
night was pleasant and road good but dusty- We rolled on until
2 0. C. making probably twenty miles-at day light resumed the
march and at sundown came to the River again-distant from the
last water and grass forty-five miles- at this point we found an
abundance of Musquite Beans (which are a good substitute for
corn) but no grass- We found a company of Missourians camped
here who lost twelve Oxen in crossing the Jornada--- They have
abandoned four waggons and considerable plunder in consequence.
The Gila River at this point is about two hundred and fifty feet
wide-4 feet deep and muddy-the banks are skirted with Cotton
wood timber and the valley is covered with Musquite-the land is
rich but generally subject to overflow- Our company continue in
fine health, notwithstanding the hot weather and fatigue of travel-
ing- we have met no enemy yet.
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