Wednesday, December 21, 2005

December 22, 1825

Trapping in the Snake Country, Peter Skene Ogden wrote in his journal:

Froze last night, 2 inches thick; not in our favor. If we do not soon find animals we shall surely starve. My Indian guide threatens to leave us and it was with trouble I persuaded him to remain. Few can form any idea of the anxiety an Indian guide gives. The fellow knows we are dependent on him. If we can but reach the Snake waters, he may go to the devil... Did not see the trace of an animal and as the cold increases, I feel very uneasy regarding food...

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