The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 43
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From Texas to California in 1849
timber plenty and frequent Springs of delightful water. Game
likewise abundant. Being detailed in a hunting party I passed
over many beautiful and romantic places, in one instance while
passing over a hill of about two hundred feet elevation, my atten-
tion was attracted by the Peculiar sound of my horses feet upon
the rock- the hill seemed hollow, and that an immense cavern
or vacancy was just beneath me- Being so impressed with this
idea, I attempted to break through by throwing a large stone upon
the surface, but my efforts were ineffectual. The surface of the
mound had the appearance of petrified sand.
19th. Detailed to select a crossing on the River. At 8 0. C.
the Company moved up the River three miles and crossed to our
present encampment. The Llano is a very pretty Stream, rapid
and about fifty feet in width at this place, it affords an abundance
of Trout Pearch and Cat Fish-
Our Horses are luxuriating up [on] the Musquite grass and Wild
We had a meeting of the Company this morning, and passed
some new laws for its better regulation- Black and myself went
out on a hunt this evening but (as usual) returned without killing
anything- We however found a Bee Tree, and will take the Honey
tomorrow. We had considerable fuss and fun in meeting this
morning in relation to a motion to exempt certain officers of the
Company from night duty. The motion was defeated upon Con-
stitutional grounds- We are detained here waiting for a company
that we parted with at Fredericksburg- and also to have some
repairs done on a waggon.
May 24th. Left the Llano on the 22nd the train behind not
having come up. The road to the San Saba though quite new
is firm and smooth. Murchersons Company is about five days ahead
of us- Thompsons Company still further on. Some romantic
member of that Company has written in Pencil mark upon a Tree
near the road, a thrilling account of an engagement the Company
have had with the Comanches- The Indians numbered fifteen hun-
dred and fought desperately but lost the battle. It being a bad
day for fighting the Whites only took about two hundred and fifty
scalps-this is a right hard story, but still it has made some of
our Company very vigilant-
Since leaving the Llano we have travled due west- distance
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