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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
day and night, establish the latitude and longitude,
and sink a large post on the forty-ninth parallel of
latitude. This accomplished, we would break camp and
wend our way westward for sixty miles and proceed as
The British expedition was doing likewise, but they
would plant their posts just halfway between ours, so
there would be an astronomical post on the forty-ninth
parallel of latitude every thirty miles. The Line party
would follow, survey a straight line between the thirty-
mile posts, and plant a post or put up a stone monument
every mile. I am told that these original mile posts have
since been supplanted by iron monuments. The Line
party was followed by the Topographical party making
topographical maps of the country.
As I was very fond of hunting, I had taken with me a
good shotgun, the only one with the expedition. Game
was plentiful, and as I was a good shot I kept our party
well supplied with all kinds. The cavalry officers had a
fine pack of hounds and as everybody had good horses to
ride there was no limit to the sport we enjoyed. Captain
Keogh's Comanche, later the only survivor of Custer's
battle of the Little Big Horn, was one of the best among
the Americans, and there were some splendid mounts
among the English contingent also.
There was often but a short distance between our
camps, and when this happened there was always more
or less rivalry, athletic and otherwise, between us. I had
had a course of training from Ned Moulton, at that
period a famous professional sprinter, during my last
year at the University of Minnesota, and could cover one
hundred yards in ten and three-quarters seconds, rather
fast for a non-professional six-footer weighing close to two
hundred pounds. Ned had presented me with a very fine
pair of calfskin, spiked running shoes, and I can truth-
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