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. vE GO AVIIEIiIOCRATIC PRINCIPLES POINT THE WAY ? WHEN THEY CEASE TO LEAD, WE CEASE TO FOLLOW."
BY JOHN G. GIVEN.! ECENSBURG, THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 18i9. VOL.
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THE BANKER'S CLERK.
BY R. II. ADDISOX.
Michael Fleming was an excellent clerk
a pains-taking cierk, in the well known
office (reader you have doubtless visited
it) of Messrs. Smith & Co., in High street.
Such a plain and straight forward direc
tion is surely enough. I feel it unnecess
ary to add ?idxer ,.tha Christian, nawm of
the principal partner, or the surnames of
the juniorsthe exact sort of traders they
were, or the precise town in which the said
High street was situate; such minute de
tails would be but a work of superroga
tion. Now, as I said before, Michael Flem
ing was the very type of what a clerk
ought to be. lie had no intelligence of
his own; his thoughts, like his letters,
5cemed to be the transcript of others; he
knew no emotions; no maddening pulses
disturbed the even tenor of his life in
deed, people went so far as to say, he had
no feeling at all, for he never sought the
company of a female in his life he never
was known to give a farthing in charitv
he only drew one half of his salary -the
rest had accumulated in his employer's
hands, and amounted already to a large
sum.' His brother clerks called him a
screw; old Smith looked on him as a trea
sure. Now, although you arc without doubt
aware that Smith was a cross litde man,
yet I must add, from personal experience,
that though testy and hasty, yet he was
upright and fair in all his dealings; and
though severe to a fault in money mat
ters, could well appreciate generosity in
others. In addition to his bank (I've let
his trade slip out) he had some large farms,
round about the city where his firm had
for forty years flourished, and where, as
the old lady says, "If he's not gone he
lives there still."
One of these farms was rented to an old
and infirm couple who had seen better
days, and who yearly became poorer and
poorer, as their years increased and their
infirmities too. To this farm would Mi
chael Fleming, however walk out every
Sunday after church; and, in the course of
time, it was discovered, that the compan
ion of his promenade was a sprightly and
ardess maiden, the daughter of the newly
appointed postmaster, a distant relation of
the old couple, who delighted in the name
of Scroope. When ice begins to thaw, it
melts quickly; so the heart of Michael
Fleming, once touched, rapidly unstecled
itself; and in a few months he was decla
red the accepted lover of pretty Mary
Such was the position of my dramatis
persona, when, one fine morning, old
Smith called Michael into his little back
den, desiring of him the account book of
his farms. Michael walked slowly but he
was soon in the presence of bis superior,
who, taking up spectacles, throwing him
self back in his chair, and crossing his
right leg over the left, addressed him in a
somewhat sharp tone
Turn to Scroope'a account.'
Michael did so.
How does it stand?'
Three quarters due last lady-day, sir.'
You know them I believe?'
A bow from the clerk afforded an affir
mative to the banker.
Are they able to pay?'
I fear not, sir.'
Not even a part?'
Then go and bundle them out, neck
and crop. I'll not have such people on
They are old, sir: they have no means
of paying,' crumbled Michael Fleming. i
Sell their furniture; mark me, go and
get the necessary measures taken to sell
them up. .
They'll starve, sir.'
That's their affair; yours is to do as I
desire you. .
Certainly, sir,, modestly replied Mi
chael; and taking up his book again he
left the room.
Old Smith felt a keen twinge about the
heart; but he was determined not to relent
it would seem as if he was ruled by his
clerk 'pshaw! it's their own fault,' mut
) tered the rich old banker, half aloud. 'I
always pay my rent, or I should deserve
the same;' and with this salvo to his con
science, entirely: forgetting the difference
between a millionaire and one of the mill
ion, the man of money got up and began
to examine some doubtful, and consequent
ly e.xclnZ debts in his ledger. , . . -.
. f.n hout dfler old smith was disturbed
n his employinent by the sudden entrance
of Michael, who iooked sadlv pal anJ a
tear trickled in the corner of his eye. '
ou have been about the Scroopcs?'
tuok the liberty of entering
'Well, then what is it?'
I've bad news, sir cry ba.l nc,VS)
sir,' and his countenance bore out tf
of his statement. 'I am sorrvirf11
oui x want, n you please, sir,
What do you want with it?'"?1'
demanded the banker.
Family misfortunes, sir
"Pooh, pooh don't believe frd of
it VOll hnvfi brrn mminT T-CiJ 1
know you have no relatives orPP
she cannot doubt. At this moment the
noise of a horse tearing along the pathway
was heard, and presently through the twi
light was seen a horseman coming towards
them zl full speed. The animal had evi
dently gained the' mastery; the rider had
no longer any control over him. Mary
rushed up the bank, and Michael spring
ing forward would, have endeavored to.
have arrested the maddened creature in
'No, sir no; indeed, its ri- ca" I lu3 wild career; when .suddenly jiwervin?,
irerhv-out in Michael. j " w"Titrrtapct: witlrits- u tuples uarmtn into tne
Well, well, it's no business0""5
let me see the amount isy-three
'Ten and fourpence.'
'Exactly so there tike iftcqae to
the cashier. I've nothing tofvuu your
mode of spending money;! COI1es
this sudden demand for it iises me'
Michael answered with S1u' 'an
left the room. An hour -ards the
cashier was sent for; and ifaucn more
all the clerks were talkii,out Flera"
ing's love of play. TheyPorts wcrc
unhapily confirmed next"iun5" when
one of "the party . confidf L1y tokl lhe
others that Michael (whJ not "et ar
rived) had been heard bi- ot' the maid
servants taking leave ofir' lli'ihy for
ever; that as far as he glean and
she had placed her eaHe to ihe ke-v'
hole die poor fellow ow penniless,
and that the father wcnot hear of the
match; that they bot)j d bitterly, and
parted in the forlorn lj -f seeing better
deep stream. A moment'morc and Flem
ing was in the water; he was an expert
swimmer, and he hesitated not to risk his
life to save that of an unhappy stranger.
Poor Mary screamed for help; but it was
too late to procure assistance; and in in
tense agony she watched her lover, as he
dived and dived again in anxious expect
ancy of succoring the drowning man,
whose horse had safely landed on the op
posite bank, and he was already galloping
away; presently he succeeded in his noble
aim; and, after a few minutes too harrow-,
iug to describe, he was again standing be
side Mary the equestrian lying insensi
bly on the grass. After many vain efforts
to restore circulation by chaffing his hands
and limbs, Michael lifted the inanimate
sufferer on his shoulders, and staggered
with him to the cottage of the Scroopes.
thought fit, in consequence of your long
tenancy, your good conduct, and advanced
age, to forego the amount of arrears now
duo. to him, amounting to 58 7s. Cd., a
receipt for which he sends in form, to pre
vent any accident or mistakes which may
ari;i hereafter. Mr. S. desires me to say,
he does not wish you to thank him, or to
alln le to the subject; the best gratitude vou
carisiiow will be silence,
-ti". Your obedient sertTintt
As he-concluded, the man of money ut
tered a deep sigh, and turned hi3 head a
way. Oh, sir! I fear I ha've offended you in
reminding you of your goodness Oh!
how grateful '
Silence!' exclaimed old Smith, starting
up, 'vou distract me. I never authorized
that letter; I ordered you to be driven forth
to be plunged into .prison :lo 'wander
houseless to starve h!' I am a wicked
old man;' and burving his fics in his
hands the envied millionaire V.'ept bitterly.'
'Oh, sir! you wrong yourself, . you do
indeed, else how are we here why are
we not driven out?'
That's the mystery,' slowly repeated
Smith, recovering his composure; '1 can't
understand it; I certain! received the full
amount;' then, suddenly, as if., an idea
Now thft old counle. like many other 5tniflr him bp vrlnimpd. T'd'crfve, a hun
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respectable old couples in England, loved clred pounds to see Michael Fleming a
to sit up; and after a long chat about for- j gain.'
mer times, invariably closed the business TAe old woman could no longer ccn-
of the day by reading out alternately a tain herself, but bursting out, she exclaim-
Just as this little p had concluded, chapter :n the JJible. In this pious duty ed, 'and well you might, Squire Smith,
Michael entered theilllmS house, and j they were occupied when Michael tottered j weIl you might; for it was- just .Michael
truth to say, his v, t appearance and ia, completely exhausted by the weight of j Vt-ho saved your lifo last night; and I can't
manner confirmed tf-'uth of the servant . his burthen. The old Scroope's instanrly j help telling you so, in spite of all the rro-o-irl's
-statement. evidendy been closed ths sacred volume, and, making up ! miSes I made to keep it secret.'
weeping and he pe(1 straight to the J to the inanimate form before them, atones Where is he?' anxiously demanded the
chief partner's do.1 tapped a: it, with- j recognized in the half drowned man their ; invalid. ' "
out even a mik recognition towards ': landlord Smith, the banker. Michael also j 'He's below, with Marv Rigby.'
before nightfall met Godey with the re
lief. He had gone on with all speed.
The boys gave him the news.' He fired
signal guns to notify his approach. Ha
ler heard the guns, and knew the crack of
our rifles, and felt that relief had come.
This night was the first of hope and joy.
Early in the morning, with the first gray
light, Godey was in the trail, and soon
met Haley and the wreck of his party
slowly advancing. I her.r that ihov ll
cried together like children tKese ineh cf
iron nerves and lion hearts, when dangers
were to be faced or hardships to be con
quered, They were all children in this
moment cfmelted hearts. Succor was
soon dealt out to there few first met; and
Godey with his relief, and accompanied
by Ilaler, who turned back, hurredly fol
lowed the trad in searcli of the living and
the dead, scattered in the rear. The came
to Scott first. He was yet alive, and is
saved. They came to Iluseand next: he
was dead, but still warm. These were
the only ones of Ilaler' s party that had
From Kerne's party, next met, they
learnt the deaths of Andrews and Iiohrer;
and, a little further on. metFunruson, who
told them that Beadte had died the night
before. All the living were found and
saved Manuel among them which look
ed lijie a resurrection and reduces die
number of the dead to ten one-third
of the whole party which a few days be
fore were scaling the mountain withme
and battling with the elements twelve
thousand feet in the air.
'vome m, rf
Michael ente i3 Sl
at him sternly, f
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witn a start ueneu, in me numan ueing The banker made a sudden spnnsr; in
voice of whose life ho had savctl, his late master; ) an instant he had huddled on his great
coat and slippers; and quicker than he had
noved for years, rushed down stairs lead
ing to the lower rooms.
i and not wishing to bo known, would iu-
uperior looked stantly have left the house; - but was dis-
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jfMn.T init n f. met i- suauvu iiuiu uoiu-z &u ioi u iuw nuurs.
"They travelled on, rettm-T here and
thn r-r.A- f. onfn i m ' 1 1 n vi r-.rr riti.T a sjinrt pxTlanation. mane I Thorn AT if-V.-.l ti!;',1T lonvp rtf i thrre a 'rrnnse. hut nothintr else, the tie?
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ronvfrtirm Aaiided what he wauled, i the good people promiso not to let the ! the' weepinj Mary. snow in the valley having driven on th
I have comf hring you tho r-nt you j banker know v.-lio wiis his preserver, he j ffo? r.o! Who is he now? I'll game,
desired me to irom the Scroopes yes- j allowed himself to bo persuaded t7 rara.iin t tell yo-V. l he apparently surly, irnper- "The state cf the party became desper-
terdav j tut tne morning; ior, aiicr an, :uicuati ; luralu? socond partner m the house ol ate, ana orougni iiaier 10 ine ueiormmauon
I thought j'said they could not pay?' loved his" eld patron, and did not like to Smith, Fleming. A;' Co., though sullen in
'I imagined, sir; but I believe they leavciiim before he had heard of the sur- appearance'and rigid in his manner, is the
ve receive! unexpected remittance.' geon's opinion. warm-hearted, the kind-hearted Michael,
to pay theirnt? for shame, lor shame,
Fleming, I f yoa are getting unsteady.'
Then siow dare you take away j In a few hours, that functionary had
their ch-imciiy asserting their inability been there; and alter expending the usual
jargon oi ms cratr, wmcn, m simple cases,
i standsinlieu of more serious directions, pro-
pOOCrtw Ul".l IIOL rCjiiy , IJUt MUUU, j IWiiiliiraiiajui.iui hi .k. ui-iir-iim liiu
evidently Img something on his mind j hurt and tooK. nis leave, allowing ins ncn
which he tired to unburden himself of; j customer to come to himself by the simple
presently rrtering up a sort of despjratc : yet efneacicus resources of nature. Smith,
courage, hiuddenly exclaimed j after a long time fully recovered his strength
'I am vv sorry sir, but I must leave ; and senses; and as soon recognised fJOt
your servi.' only the room which belonged to him, but
Had a nnon ball entered tlirouli tne nis oia Tenants sianumg oesiue ins oed, at
who with his wife,
"Pups goo J hy stealth,"
and yet would
"Ulusii to find it fame."
Cel. Fremont and Lis Tarty.
quote below, an introductory geographical
description of the. route winch Col. r . in
tended to pursue in his effort to reach the
Pacific, evidently from the pen of Col
window, Id Smith could not have been , tending him with anxious solicitude. The "extox, accompanies i c a.uu -
' !, , i "tnphlosom" I'm1 inwird n:, have no space for ltinual, but gatnerlrom
more astcfihed. nasH , trouDicsom n maru monitor, . . t . ,t. OT1
the letter. Wc
You a determined to do so?' angrily called conscience, officiously whispered
'and these are
demamWthc banker on recovering his j to his heart
breath." ' 'ou vou' .have plunged into a goal, or
'I am, r nothing can change my re- sent adrift to starve.' The banker jrroan-
Theo to Bath,' roared the festy
old gentman; for he felt angry with him
self for aving thus savagely treated his
useful t-rk; and when a man is aiigry
with hisclf, of course, he is doubly so
with tlj rest of the world.
PoojMichael Fleming sobbed out aa
inaudie 'God bless you, sir,' and left the
rnnm h seek his fortunes in the wide
worldJ Many months elapsed before this
pair ajdn met.
The-ipring had passed, the summer liad
lost it beauty, and autumn had seKin;
when Mo one evening Mary Rigby might
have &cn seen walking along the narrow
path, yhich borders tho river Savern, in
comp-tiy with a smart, yet malancholy
lookinf youth, dressed in the uniform of
a BritL'h soidier. Need I add that that
soldier was no other than the once happy
clerk; tie now, poor servant of his coun
try, fort whose defence he was about to
leave hb native shores and probably per
ish in spne foreign land.
He ld come to take his last adieu of
her he t easured, and to record his unutter
able lovl for he loved her as a man should
love; and she, like a true woman, oidy
loved him the better for his misfortunes.
His arm was round her waist, and, truth
to tell, 'ste seemed to like it so;' and as he
now came withih sight of the Scroope's
FaTm, hemce . more reiterated his asser
tions of Unchanging affection, and vowed
through' life till deadi to think only of her;
and then, as she cried and sobbed, endea
vored to console and comfort her by swear
ing that he would do such deeds as must
ensure promotion; and theu he would re
turn and wed her, for whom alone he
wished to live. The poor orphan (for the
postmaster had died soon after Michael's
abrupt departure) looked up and smiled
through her tears, and willingly shared his
dream for when an innocent female loves,
ed, and, turning on his pillow, closed his
eves to shut out conscience, but it would
not do; and as .his ears were open' he heard
them expressing fervent hopes for his re
covery, and a blessing on his name. The
it that Col. Fremont passed above Span
ish peaks, and entered the valley ot tne
Del Norte, high up above the Mexican set
tlements, and above Pike's stockade, and
intended to follow the Del Norte to its
head, and cross the Great Rocky Moun
tain chain through some pass there to be
found. He was therefore, so to speak.
-oin? into the forks of the mountain into
care or vigilance of mine could foresee or
"You will remember that I had left the
camp (twenty-three men) when I set off
with Godey, Preuss, and my servant, in
search of King and succor, with directions
about the baggage, and with occupation
sufficient about it to employ them for three
or four days; after which they were to
follow me down the river. Within' that
time I expected relief from Kind's party,
if it came at all. They remained seven
days, and then started, their scant provi
sions about exhausted, and the dead mules
on the western side of the great Sierra
burried under snow.
"Manuel (you will remember Manuel
a Christian Indian of the Cosumne
tribe, in the valley of the Son Joaquin)
gave way to a feeling of despair after they
had moved about two miles, and bearcred
Vincent Ilaler, whom I had left in com
mand, to shoot him. Failing to find death
in that form, he turned and made his way
back to the camp, intending to die there;
which he doubtlesr soon did.
. "The party moved on, and at ten miles
Wise gave oat threw away his gun and
blanket and, a few hundred yards fur
ther, fell over into the snow, and died.
Two Indian boys countrymen of Manuel
were behind". They came upon him
rolled hkn up in his blanket; and burried
him ih the snow, on the bank of the river.
"No other dicd thnt day. None the
Carver raved during the night his
imagination wholly occupied with images
of man v things which he f-iacicd himself i Godey had accomplished his mission
to be eating. In themornin he wandered ; for the people; a further service had ben
off, and probably soon died. He was not j prescribed him, that of going to the camp
seen cain."- J on the river, at the base of the great moun-
"Sorrel on this day (the fourth from the ; tain, to recover the most Valuable of the
camp) laid down to die. They built him i baggage, secreted thc;e. Yv iihsameMexi
a fire, and Morin who was in a' dying con- j cans and pack mules he went en; and th:3
dltion, and snow blind, remained with him. ! is the last yet heard of him.
Thrfse two did not probably last till next j Vincent Ilaler, with Martin and Bacon,
morning. That evening (I think it was) , ail on foot, and bringirg Scott on horse
Hubbard killed a deer. (back, have just arrived at ihe outside of
Pueblo on the Little Colorado. Provi-
p j sious for their support, and horses fur their
e j transport, were ieit tor the others; who
j preferred to' remain where they were, re-
ofamm-r some strength, tut Godey sr.ouiu
get back. At the latest, they would have
reached the little Pueblo lasi night. Ilaler
came on to relieve my anxieties, and did
well in so doing; for I was wound up to the
point of setting out again. When Godey
re turns I shall know from him all the cir
cumstances sufficiently in detail to under
stand clearly every thing. But it will not
be necessary to tell you any thing further.
You have the results, and sorrow enough
in reading them.
"Evt-ning. How rapid are the change
of life! A few days .ago, and I was st uj
gling through snow in the savage wilds of
the upper Del Norte following the course
of the frozen river in more than Russian
cold no food no blanket to cover me in
the long freezing nights (I had sold my
two to the Utah for help to my men)
uncertain at what moment of the niht we
might be roused by the iudian rifie doubt
ful, very doubtful, whether I should ever
see you or friends again. Now 1 am
seated by a comfortable fire, alone pur
suing my own thoughts writing to you
in the certainty of reaching vou a French
of breaking it up, in order to prevent them
from living upon each other. lie told
them that he had done all he could for
them that they had no other hope re
maining than the expected relief and that
the best plan was to scatter, and make the
best of their way, each as he could down
the river; that for himself, if he was to be
eaten, he would, at all events, be found
f r.ivU5nnr vlirn he, did d5. This nddmss
As a preface to the memoranda wc j haij its e"rect. They accordingly separa
inward voice was again aggravating so I ,u;e , T W T7 , 8
Smith determined to brazen it out, and by i elevation, sum no; uie an i Sia
i rivers wmcn issue num "I'l'vn-
future goodness to wipe out past unkind-
ness. lie openeu his eyes.
You are better, now sir?' modestly de
manded the dame.
v 'Oh, sir! indeed we were crreatly cut un,'
chimed in the old man, 'it was indeed a
pai.ifid thing to see you, as it were, almost
dead; and this is the first opportunity I've
had V offer you iav humble and heartfelt
thank for your great goodness.
G61 bless you for it,' interrupted the
old wtman; for old women always inter
rupt. What doyou mean?' asked the aston
Oh, sir you arc like all gooe men
you soon forpretVour kind charities; sure
ly you have not forgotten your leniency
towards us for three quarters; and then
your generosity in admitting it to us, on
account of.-our asre, altogether.. Ever
since then, sir, we have thriven, and hope
yet, by the blessing of heaven, to be able
to repay.' .
Are they taunting me?' demanded tne
old man of nis conscience; but tnis time
nis conscience only gave a twinge, and no
An,: sir! nere is your kind letter; I
never part . witn it,', sobbed tne female
Scroope; and sue pulled out a crumpled
piece of old writing. ' -;
'Snow it to me,' said tne banker; and
taking it, ne sat up in nis bed, and, witn
"With Ilaler continued five others
Scott, Hubbard, Martin, Bacon, one other,
and the two Cosumne Indian boys.
"Rohrer now became despondant, and
stopped. Ilaler reminded him of his
family, and urged him to try and hold out
for their sake. Roused by this appeal to
his tenderest affections, the unfortunate
man moved forward, but'feebly, and soon
began to fall behind. On a further appeal
he promised to follow, and to overtake
them at evening.
"Hale. Scott. Hubbard, and Martin now
agreed that if any one of them should j volume of Balzac on the table a colored
gtve out the otliets were not to wait for him j print ol the brnding ol Columous belcre
10 db, but to push on, and try and save J me listening in safety to the raging storm
themselves. Soon this mournful covenant without!
had to be kept. But let me not anticipate "You will wish to know whatelTcct the
events. Sufficient for each day is the i scenes I have passed through had upon me.
"At night Kerne's party encamped a few j
hundred yards from Ilaler s, wan the in
tcntion. according to 1 anim, to remain
where they Were "until the relief should j and severely taxed, but in iibcr hurt. . 1
come, and in the meantime to live upon
those who had died, and upon the weaker
ones as they should die. With this party
were the three brothers. Kerne, Captain
Cat ccart, McKie, Andrews, Stcppcrl'eldt,
and 'Taplin. I do not know that I have
got all the names of this party.
"Furgnsoii and Beadle had remained
together behind. In the evening, Roh
rer came up and remained in Kerne's par
ty. Ilaler learnt afterwards from some of
the parrj' that Rohrer and Andrews wan
dered off lhe next morning and died.
They say they saw their bodies.
"Haler's party continued on. After a
few hours Hubbard gave out. According
to the agreement he was left to die, but
with such comfort as could be given him.
They built him a fire and gathered him
some wood, and then left him without
turning their heads, as Ilaler says, to look
at him as they went off
"About two miles further, Scott you
of the Rocky Mountains at that part the
Arkansas and Del Norte on the east; the
Grand river fork of the Colorado of . the
gulf of California on the west. It was at
this point the head of the Del Norte
where no traveller had ever gone before,
that Col. Fremont intended to pass, to
survey his last line across the continent,
complete his knowledge of the country
betweenihfJ Mississippi and the Pacific.
In relation to Fke:ont's design a note
st.iys: The w-ord gold is not mentioned
is his letters, from one end to the ether,
nor did he take gold mining' the least into
his calculation when he left Missouri on
the 21st of October last, although the au
thentic reports brought in by Lt. Be ale,
of the Navy, were then in all the news
papers, and fully known to him.
"Taos, New Mexico, Feb., C, 1810.
"After a long delay, which had wearied
mc to the point of resolving to set out
?o-ain myself, tidings have at bst reached
me from my ill-fated party. V
"Mr. Vincent Halcr came in last night
having the night before reached the Litde
Colorado settlement, with three or four
others. Including Mr. King and Mr.
Proulx, we have lost eleven of our party.
"Occurrences, since I left them are brief
ly related so far as thev came Avithin the remember him; he used to shoot birds for
la person none. The destruction of ray
party, and the los of friend?, are causes
of grief; but I have not been injured in
body or mind. Both have been strained,
Mk. Scroope I am desired by my em
ployer, Mr Smith, to say tint, he has
knowledge of Mr. Haler: I say briefly,
because 1 am now unwilling to force my
mind to dwell upon the details of what
marks of irrepressible surprise, read as 4 has been suffered. I need reprieve from
terrible contemplations. I am absolutely
astonished at.this pcrstancoof misfortune
tins succession of calamities which no
vou on the frontier he gave out. He
was another of the four who had covenant
ed against waiting for each other. The
survivors did for him as. they had done for
Hubbard, and passed on.
have seen one or the oilier, and sometimes
both, give way' in strong frames, strong
minds, and tcuthenrts; hut, as heretofore,
I have come out unhurt. I believe that
the remembrance of friends sometimes
gives us a "power of resistance which die
desire to sac our own lives could never
"I have made my preparations to pro
ceed. I shall have to follow the old Gda
road and shall move rapidly, and expect to
be in California in March, and to find let
ters from home.
February 11. Godey has got back, lie
did not succeed in recovering any of the
baggage or camp furniture. Every tiling
was lost except some lew things which 1
had brought down to the river. The depth
of the snow made it impossible for him
to reach the camp at the mountain where
the men had left the baggage. Amidst the.
wreck, I had die good fortune io s-ave ray
large aljbrgas, or travelling trunk tne
double one which you packed and that
was about all. .
"Santa Fe, February 17, 1840, In
the midst of hurried movements, and in
the difficult endeavor to get a party all
started together, I can only write a line to
In tbf jificnioon the two Indian boys ! say that 1 am well, and moving on toaj-
went ahead blessed be these boys! aiid ifornia. 1 willlravc Santa I e tlnsevinmg.
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