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In Death's Valley

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A BOLO r.MJKUTAKlNG. San Francisco. July lí - About a montli ago Bob Montgomery, a "brother of the fainous jjrospector who located the Montgojnery mines, together with ttro eompanions named Sherwood and Metealfe, set out from the Montgoraery mining camp with six jacks on a prospecting trip in the íoothills around Death valley. They are all oíd hands at roughing it, but they agree that the valley was well naraed. In making the trip down Furnace creek to Cottonwood a hot wind carne np in whioh it was next to impossible for them to get their breath. The animáis began to give up and they were compelled to abandon their packs and start on a hunt for water. What little they had left they mixed with vinegar and oatmeal, but the intense heat soured the oatmeal and made the mixture so hot that it would actually burn them when they wet their swollen tongnes with it. They found the remains of the wagons of the lost party of emigrants that separated from the Townsend party. They found bones, but the heat had almost reduced them to powder, and the woodwork on the wagons had all been burned by the Indians. The Townsend party started from Salt Lake for Los Angeles and were piloted into Death valley by a man named Kurnett, where they quarreled and separated. Their stock all (lied from drinking the poison water at I'oison spring. Starvatiqn and heut decimated the party. Burnett brought his wife and child to San Bernardino on an ox, but both died soon after. A party of nine started from Sacramento, but were neverheard from. Some few made their way through. There were UU wagons in the trains, and not ome ever reached the coast. lt is estimated that from thirty to eighty persons died at Furnance creek. Montgomery"s party found an abundance of water on the west side of lK:ath valley hnd several other springs and streams that in all probability have never been Been by white men befen1;'. In Cottonwood canyon Montgomery found several hundred Shoshone Indians, apparently in a prosperous and contented condition, who were much surprised and delighted to see a white man come from the burning desert. Thoy report inountain quail and sheep plentiful on the west side. Montgomery estimated the distance covered by the party at over 00C miles.


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