Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan. Page: 87 of 368
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The soil in this valley is highly productive, and sustains a heavy
vegetation. The grass is very dense, of a good quality, and from two
to three feet high; and were it not for the large flies that continue to
phlebotomize our animals, they would luxuriate here.
Towards sundown I took my rifle, and, mounting a small Indian
pony belonging to my negro servant, started up the creek for the
pnrpose of hunting deer. After I had gone about two miles from camp,
I suddenly discovered a buffalo bull very quietly cropping the grass
under some oak trees near the creek. No sooner, however, did I see
him, than, raising his head and giving one look in the direction I was
approaching, he set off at a spanking gallop over the prairie. I applied
the rowels most vigorously to the diminutive beast which I bestrode,
and endeavored, by making a cut-off over the hills, to get within rifle
range; but after exhausting all the efforts of the pony, I only found
myself within about two hundred yards of the buffalo, and gave him a
running salute as he passed, but did not observe him falter or make the
slightest diminution in his speed; whereupon I reluctantly abandoned
the chase, and returned to camp.
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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/m1/87/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .