The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 44
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forty miles to the point, at which the road strikes the San Saba--
the Country generally undulating and rich-but not well watered-
We encamped on the South bank last night and today have ascended
the River about sixteen miles. Course continuing West- The
San Saba is something smaller than the Llano and has less cur-
rent-but the land is equally good and the Country more attrac-
tive. Mr. Black and I have become almost inseparable, and we
spend the most of our time in rambling over the hills in search of
curiositys, enjoying the rich and varied scenery of the Country
and in recalling to mind the happy days that we have spent upon
the Bay. Will they return? Will I again embrace my sisters
and my friends-or are all those ties forever sundered-is the sac-
rifice complete- It may be years, many years, old Bay ere I again
sport upon thy bosom but till then may each Zephyr that glides
ore thy Surface, bring health and sweet incense to those old
May 29th. The incidents of the past few days can be disposed
of in a summary manner. On the 26th Black, Webb and I started
out on a hunt, the train meanwhile moving on. I shortly got sep-
arated from my Companions and before preceeding far had the
gratification of killing a yearling Bear- After having dressed and
securely tied my game behind my saddle and being joined by
Black and Webb we discovered another, a perfect monster, gal-
loping across the hills a short distance off. We immediately gave
chase and after a long race and the outlay of an immense amount
of powder and lead succeeded in killing him. The two weighed
about five hundred, and we feasted on Bear meat several days.
The evening of the 27th we found a notice on the road, stating
that the next water was fifty-five miles distant-on getting this
information the train turned about and went back four miles to
the last water we had passed in order to lay in a supply for the
dry stretch. Yesterday morning the train again moved forward
and in ten miles came to a fine water hole- At this place we met
with Maj Neighbours-Indian Agent who is on his return home
from El Passo.8 He gave us much useful information with re-
gard to the road ahead. Reports plenty of water on the route, and
generally good grass-distance to El Passo four hundred miles.
May 28th. We are nooning on Good Spring Creek, or the South
sSee Introduction, THE QUARTERLY, XXVIII, 297; also Murchison to
Richardson in appendix.
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