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Excerpt from California, 1849-1913: Or the Rambling Sketches and Experiences of Sixty-Four Years' Residence in That State
Our first campfire at night was on the Little Blue 'river, a few miles from Independence; it was after dark when we came to a halt, and it was my friend Gross' turn to cook, while the rest brought him wood and water and made a fire for him by the side of a large stump. I knew he was a fractious man, so I climbed into one of the wagons where I could see how he got along. The first thing that attracted my attention was the coffee pot upside down, next away went the bacon out of the pan into the fire. By this time he was getting warm inside as well as outside, and I could hear some small cuss words; next he looked into the Dutch oven, and saw that his dough had turned to charcoal. I got down into the wagon out of sight, and peeked through a crack; he grew furious, danced around the fire, and the air was full of big words. Finally we got a little coffee and some cakes and bacon, then I undertook to do a little sleeping but it was no go. Thus ended my first night on the Plains.
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bound: 54 pages
publisher: Forgotten Books (May 26, 2017)
isbn: 1332051340, 978-1332051342,
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