July 24, 1853

Sunday July 24th. This morning our cattle and horses are all sick. We found we had camped on alkili grounds. We commenced pouring the lard and vinegar down them and the soon seemed better. Drove on to get away from this poisonous place. At noon we came to a small creek clear as crystal, passed several small branches in the distance, followed this creek 5 miles, fording deep and muddy. The road here strikes across to the foot of the mountain, to a fine branch 2 miles. Camped here for the day to let our cattle recover their strength. Drove 13 miles to-day. Fine grass all along here.

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