May 5, 1853

Thursday the 5th. Started as early as possible. A great deal of stock on the road, and a great many wagons, all in a hurry to get to the Kansas River, and get across first. Met some Indians on the road, the first we have seen on the plains. Gave them some bread and meat and a dime. They thanked us and passed on. Crossed two very bad streams, camped within 1 mile of the ferry. We could not cross in two or three days, cattle very troublesome, got frightened and scattered but soon got them together.

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