The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 47
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Victoria to the trip-or make any Partown miss sing "joys we've
June 7th. Yesterday we traveled twenty miles through Chap-
parals & over a road literally dry sandy and dull- An occasional
Rattle Snake was the only living creature to be seen, But the bones
of many a noble horse lay whitning upon the Earth, relics of the
savage feast, or victims of the warriors speed- This morning the
Company moved forward five miles to good graising and lay by to
make some repairs as ixell as recruit the animals. Our friends
with the packs have left us. Having become dissatisfied with our
mode of traveling and wishing to go faster they withdrew from
the Company and are now in advance of us-they go unregretted-
This is the most oppresive day we have experienced on the road-
there is not a breath of wind, and the sun always powerful is ren-
dered dubly intense by the reflection from the sand- Our Com-
pany now mustering thirty seven, again took up the line of march
this morning and traveled twelve miles to this our nooning place-
the road today has been uneven and heavy, the water bad, and the
grass literally burned to a tinder- Two fine deer were brought
into camp today-the first we have had since leaving the San Saba.
The Company generally are taking their Siesta, and I feel much
the same way inclined, having lost much sleep lately, and last
night for the first time being on guard. The night was memorable
on another account, it being the first time we have had occasion
to use a Mosquito bar, there is considerable marsh along this River
which accounts for so many of these little devils being found here-
Sunday 10th. 'The weather continues intensely warm, and we
are progressing :lowly iup this everlasting river- We have fallen
in with a party of Mexican traders who are on their return to
Santa Fee with a drove of Horses and Mules purchased of the
Apache Indians-the average cost of which was about six Dollars-
and for which they are now asking fifty to Seventy-five dollars-
Our party have purchased a few. Since crossing the River we
have traveled due West-at this point the River makes a bend and
we are now going North. As we ascend the River the water be-
comes more muddy and the banks higher--
12th. We have reached the Savineo Creek, a tributary of the
Pecos, which rises in the G uadelupe Mountains and runs East to
its terminus-- Made a forced niarcn of thirty miles yesterday with-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926, periodical, 1926; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117141/m1/55/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.