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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 15
will strike mud; it has rained up thar a right smart
chance of a sprinkle." When we reached Fort Bonham
there were squads of Indians camped around
that place, and they looked like horrible creatures
to us, and we wondered if they were the kind of
neighbors we were going to have when we reached
Stewardsville. We could hear nothing of that place
at Bonham, and my father decided he had better
leave the family at that place and go West in search
of the lost city. He bought a nice white pony, and
dressed him up with a red leather bridle and a
jockey saddle that we brought from the Old Country.
He bade the family good-bye, mounted his
white palfrey and headed for the West. There were
no settlements, scarcely, between Bonham and the
Three Forks of the Trinity, and the first night he
could find no trace of anything human, and as it
grew dark he would stop occasionally and listen for
the bark of a dog, the lowing of a cow or the crow
of a rooster, or anything that would indicate that a
human being was living near. He finally gave it
up, and lariated his horse out on the grass, and took
his saddle for a pillow, and the starry canopy of
heaven for a coverlid, and passed the night that way.
He said it was very lonesome. Nothing could be
heard but the howling of the wolves and an occasional
screech of an owl.
At the dawn of the morning he arose, ate his
breakfast that was prepared for him before he left
Bonhan.. He saddled his horse and made another
start, and that evening, as it grew late, he saw a little
cabin on the edge of a wood on Spring Creek, in
Coilin County, and as he approached it he saw an
old gentleman sitting in the shade smoking his cob
pipe. The sides of his cabin were adorned with coon,
deer and opossum skins. Father spoke to him and
Here’s what’s next.
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