The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 50
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after leaving the mountain the road is very sandy and heavy-
Yesterday morning we were hitched up before day and hurried
on our teams being nearly famished for water- In eight miles
we reached this place, a Lagoon on the North side of the Guad-
elupe mountain- Our situation at this time is indeed precarious-
No water and but little grass between this place and the Rio Grande,
a distance of about eighty miles- Thompsons Company got thirty
miles beyond this and finding the water holes dry sent their teams
back to this place, some of which have perished on the road. We
will remain here a few days to allow our now exhausted Animals
time to recruit- I have just emptied my Kiacks for the purpose
of filling them with water when we leave here- The weather has
been more pleasant since we got in the vicinity of the mountains-
We had a refreshing shower last evening and there is some appear-
ance of another today.
21st. 4 0. C. Our prospects are brightening which contrasts
strangely with the Elements at this moment- A dense cloud has
almost converted day into night and the thunders roar, the lighten-
ings flash and the increasing Norther, indicate the approach of
rain. already I hear the crystle drops decending upon my rool--
a welcome sound-and 1 cannot but thank God for this timely
blessing- How sudden is sometimes the transition from gloom &
despondency to hope and confidence. Sis said that the darkest
hour of night ushers in the morn- May not our situation verify
it- Couriers have returned from the advance Company who report
plenty of water twenty miles this side of the Rio (Grande, and that
Thompson has obtained water twenty miles from this place by dig-
ging. The news has infused new life in our little camp- Several
waggons will start out this evening-a party of Well diggers are
already on the road- We will remain until morning. 5 0. C. The
rain has ceased. the clouds are beginning to disperse, yonder
rainbow so gracefully leaning upon the mountain heights betokens
the end of the storm, and its beauty, the richness of the scene,
must also be a premonition of good- A single lady il camp.
What a novelty, how strange, and stranger still all "old maid"-
no doubt of her success in California- 1 have witnessed another
novel sight-a team of cows- they work well all day-and stand
milking at night-- I do not like the practice- it is too much upon
the "Womans Rights" principle, but the information may be use-
ful to future emigrants--
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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/m1/58/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.