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MARKING THE BOUNDARY
would be level plain in every direction, then we would
find the famous Bad Lands in spots along the Dakota
and Montana line. Once we came to a valley near a
stream and discovered a vast field of wild strawberries,
the largest and most deliciously flavored of any I have
ever tasted, with the possible exception of the famous
Mexican strawberry that can be obtained every day in
the year at Irapuato, a station on the Mexican Central
Railway some distance north of the city of Mexico.
On another occasion farther west I started out from
camp one day on a hunting expedition in the hope of
bringing back a deer for the camp larder. I followed a
trail up the side of a mountain for some distance until it
led me into a little valley that formed a perfect natural
amphitheater. Beside the sloping rocky sides nothing
was to be seen except a pyramid of boulders in the very
middle. On approaching it I could see the projecting ends
of poles upon which the stones had been piled, as though
something were secreted beneath. Visions of buried
treasure prompted further investigation. I worked stren-
uously for about an hour heaving the rocks to one side
till finally I was able to pull out a few of the poles. Below
them was revealed a large cavity dug right out of the
rock. The first object visible was a buffalo hide almost
decomposed, and on tearing it away I saw a skeleton,
sitting upright, surrounded by many skins of buffalo and
bear. As strict orders had been issued to us that all
Indian graves were to be unmolested, and as dark was
coming on, I hastily replaced a few of the stones and re-
turned to camp at a good sprinter's pace.
Although we traversed the very heart of an Indian
country, some tribes of which were known to be hostile,
we never had a glimpse of any Indians, until quite late in
the season. Our scouts, of which we had several that
were quite famous, often reported their proximity and
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/35/: accessed May 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.