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heads with our garments and kept as near the ground as
possible. Troopers and drivers did their best to keep
covers over the animals' heads, but some became unruly,
rushed into the flames, and perished.
Late in the fall we neared the end of the season's work.
Camp was made near a small stream fed by a spring. A
terrific snowstorm, in the West termed 'blizzard,' came
up and raged in all its fury for about a week. When it
subsided, snow was twenty inches deep on the level and
wherever there was any obstruction there were gigantic
drifts. It was so fierce at its height that antelope actually
came in bunches and huddled up on the leeward side of
The fall of snow was so tremendous that it absorbed all
the water from both spring and stream. Many of our
horses and mules perished and the situation rapidly be-
came a very serious one. Fortunately, however, when
every one had about lost hope, a grand old Chinook wind
came pouring down from the mountains, the snow melted
as rapidly as it had come, and the danger was over.
A conference of the officers was held and it was decided
unanimously to take the home trail without delay. On
account of the loss of mules, a number of wagons were
abandoned and all baggage was reduced to a minimum.
This was bad news to me, as I had collected during the
summer a two bushel canvas bag of all kinds of curios,
souvenirs, and mineral specimens, all of which I was
obliged to leave behind.
The homeward trail was a little south of the line and
was uneventful with one exception. Somewhere in north-
west Dakota, as the Line party halted late one afternoon
to pitch camp for the night, a flock of wild geese lit on the
prairie a short distance away. My friend Paist borrowed
a gun from one of the soldiers and started after a goose
with the one cartridge that was in the piece.
Here’s what’s next.
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