The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 65
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Nolan's "Lost Nigger" Expedition of 1877
July 23rd 1877.
During this morning the Guide (Jose) and a party
of the Citizens left camp for the purpose of ascertain-
ing if there was any signs of Indians, and if water
was to be found in the vicinity of the five wells. At
about 11 O'clock A. M. Quania the Quohada Chief and
party again visited my camp, where he remained until
about 5 Oclock P. M. when they left taking a westernly
direction. This is the last I saw of them.
July 24th 1877.
During this forenoon (Jose) and party returned and
reported that they had found a trail of a few Indians,
some 20 miles to the west of our camp, and that it
ran in a Northeasterly direction toward Double Lake.
The Guide also told me that his party had travelled
40 miles without water, having found none during the
entire trip which occupied 30 hours. At 4-30 Oclock
P. M. I left camp and started for Double Lake, marched
25 miles and made a dry camp for the night.
July 25th 1877.
At 6 O'clock A. M. left camp and marched to Double
Lake a distance of about 15 miles where I camped on
the ground occupied by Lieut. Col. Shafter in 1875,
here the same difficulties in obtaining water was en-
countered, as at Lagunas Sabinas. At this point no
fresh signs of Indians were discovered, during the
day the Guide (Jose) and a party of the citizens made
a scout directly west, and went to Dry Lake 17 miles,
for the purpose of ascertaining if there was water
there, and if any signs of Indians could be found.
July 26th 1877.
Remained in camp awaiting the return of Guide and
party. At about 11 Oclock A. M. two of his party re-
turned and reported that the Guide had seen forty
Indians pass that morning at 8-30 Oclock, about 3 miles
west of Dry Lake, and that they were travelling in a
North Easterly direction. On receiving this informa-
tion I asked these men as to when they would be ready
to accompany me. They replied at 10. Oclock at which
time the command was saddled up and ready to start,
but owing to the tardiness of the 2 men, I was unable
to get off until 3 O'clock P. M. at which time I left
camp and marched to Dry lake, arriving there a little
before sun down. I here found the Guide and balance
of his party. At this place no water could be found
either for men or Horses. I then asked (Jose) how
far it was to water. He told me 15 or not more than
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