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them out. The other was an older mule and could stand more.

When we got within three miles of the river, the younger one gave
out, so we tied him to some sage brush and went on. About ten o'clock
we got to the river. The river was about two feet deep, the water nice
and clear from the mountain and the sand sloped down to the water.

We just went in and bathed our faces, and drank and bathed again
and felt refreshed. Then we crossed over and when we came to the other
bank the grass was waist high, as fine grass as ever you saw growing.
We turned the mule into this grass. The next morning I went around
among the people who were there and tried to buy provisions. I bought
four pounds of flour and a little piece of bacon. I had a frying pan
tied on to the pack. I mixed up some dough and we had our breakfast.
I went over the river to see about the mule. I met Whitesides who
said he had one of his men bring in the mule and tie it to some sage
brush where I would fine [find] it. I took it across the river and turned it
on to the grass.

The boys of our company were not there and I knew they must have
gone the other road and when Chas. Miller [Charles Miller] came in he told us they had
gone the other way. We rested there a day and then started to go to
Sacramento on one-half a pound of provision a day each.

We went up Truckee river [River] and crossed twenty-seven times in a day.
Charley Miller and two fellows from Michigan passed us, but when they
stopped for dinner we passed them. In the afternoon about thirty
Indians came down and saw them first, so we got our mules under the
bushes. They came down on the emigrant trail and looked around, but

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