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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
gathering moss, and when they had procured a
load apiece, they began very slowly to return. It
was now nearly dark, and when they had re-
turned a short distance, they threw down the moss
and ran; and as they did so, they looked back
and saw some Mexicans soldiers pursuing them.
There were some Mexicans in front of them driv-
ing a caballado of horses. Hamilton and his
companion ran into this drove, causing them to
stampede. One gentle horse stood still. They both
mounted him and urging him along with their feet,
and guiding his course by striking him with their
hands on the side of the head, they soon out-
stripped their pursuers, who were on foot. They
continued to ride until the horse fell beneath them.
The next day they were fortunate enough to se-
cure another, and after manufacturing a grape-
vine bridle and moss saddle, continued their jour-
ney, alternately walking and riding, and in this
way finally succeeded in escaping.
Thus ends my account, though I design,
at some future time, giving to the world other
particulars relating to that eventful period, and
the subsequent adventures of my companions
2. Sutherland Springs (dated August 23, 1877,
published in Colorado Citizen, August 30,
In response to your invitation to write
an account of Sutherland Springs, I will attempt
to describe them to you as seen them through
my own glass of vision. You will therefore infer
that you will not receive either a learned article
or a scientific analysis of the waters. My com-
panion, Mrs. West, and myself arrived at this
place about three weeks ago, having traveled in
an ambulance from San Antonio, which is about
thirty miles distant. The beautiful and constantly
changing panorama of hill and valley clothed in
every shade of green, and the almost mountain-
ous ridge of deepest blue which outlined the ho-
rizon, and seemed to flee from us as we ap-
proached, gave such unceasing delight and in-
terest to the journey as to render it not at all
monotonous or fatiguing. The town which bears
the name of "Sutherland Springs" is very prettily
situated on a hilly promontory, projecting into the
valley of the cibolo, (or sewilla as it is pro-
nounced,) and from which elevation you can see
the surrounding country for quite a number of
miles on the North, East and West, with the river
in the midst, the great artery of this part of the
country, giving life and verdure to the lands
through which it flows. The Western Chronicle
is published in this place, and edited by Capt.
E. R. Tarver, formerly of Seguin. The Sulphur
Springs lie in a peninsula formed by a sudden
bend of the river. The white and black sulphur
are the principal springs and burst from the
ground with such force and strength as to ren-
der the water perfectly buoyant, and we have
fully realized the fact of which we had been told,
that it is impossible to sink in it, or rather to re-
main sunk, for upon going down into it you are
immediately thrown to the surface by the force
from beneath. The water of the white sulphur is
perfectly limpid so that you can see the grains of
sand at the bottom, and is strongly impregnated
with sulphur. The black is of a darker color, (an
almost blackish hue) much stronger and much
deeper, and is reserved entirely for gentlemen.
It is said there is an opening in the bottom of this
spring which has never been fathomed, because
it is impossible to sink anything in it deep enough
to sound its depth. Each of these springs pour
out an immense volume of water, estimated at
about five hundred gallons a minute. Quite a num-
ber of visitors from the surrounding country are
seeking the healing virtues of these springs, while
Galveston, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Seguin
and Columbus have their representatives here.
The Columbustians, as old brother Coleby used
to call us, have been most decidedly benefited,
and one of them with appetite so much improved
thinks there is no sound half so sweet as the
dinner-bell, or after our exhilarating bath in the
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