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water came from a distance where there had been rains, but it was very
small, extending not more than three miles from the point where we encamped.
Our Delawares report that they have seen numerous fresh buffalo
"signs," and that we shall probably soon come upon the herds. We
have captured a horse to-day which has a brand upon him, and has
probably strayed away from some party of Indians.
May 19.-Last evening the sky became overcast with heavy clouds,
and frequent flashes of lightning were observed near the horizon in the
north and northwest. Atmospheric phenomena of this character are regarded
by the inhabitants of northern Texas as infallible indications of
rain, and in verification thereof we had a very severe storm during the
night. Much rain has fallen, and the earth has become so soft that I
have concluded to remain here until the ground dries a little, particularly
as it still continues raining at intervals, and the weather is very
much unsettled. Frequent rains are very unusual upon the plains at
this season of the year; the rainy season generally lasts until about the
first of May, when the dry season sets in, and there is seldom any more
rain until about the middle of August. The past spring has been uncommonly
dry-so much so, that vegetation has suffered from it: now,
however, the herbage is verdant and the grass most luxuriant.
Mlay 20.-Although it continued raining violently during the night,
and the ground was this morning mostly covered with water, we yet
made an attempt to travel, but found the prairie so soft that it was with
very great difficulty our teams were enabled to drag the wagons over it.
We only made five miles and encamped upon a small affluent of Cache
creek, which with all the small branches in the vicinity were full to the
top of their banks. We find but few trees along the branch upon which
we are encamped; hackberry and wild china are the only varieties.
On the 21st we again made an effort to travel; but after going a short
distance up the creek, found ourselves obliged, in consequence of the
mud, to encamp and await dry weather.
May 22.-This morning, notwithstanding it was cloudy and the
ground very far from being dry, we made another effort to proceed.
Still keeping the high "divide," we travelled in a westerly direction
about eight miles, when we turned north towards two very prominent
peaks of the Witchita mountain%, and continued in this course until we
arrived upon an elevated spot in the prairie, where we suddenly came
in sight of Red river, directly before us. Since we had last seen the
river it had changed its course almost by a right angle, and here runs
nearly north and south, passing through the chain of mountains in front
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Marcy, Randolph Barnes. Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan., book, 1854; Washington, DC. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6105/m1/29/: accessed May 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .