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Title: Campfires on desert and lava
Year: 1908 (1900s)
Authors: Hornaday, William T. (William Temple), 1854-1937
Publisher: New York, C. Scribner’s sons
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress
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a Domingo, when three distinct rain-storms fell simultaneously north and south of us—hadmade good. Glory be! We found the Sonoyta in flood,filling its wide bed from bank to bank! The sandy-brown current rushed along in great waves, a hundred andfifty feet wide, weltering and murmuring nervously as itran, as if in the greatest haste to get on. My wish to seea desert stream-bed running full of water had been quicklygranted, and I gazed in silent wonder at the novel sight—a flooded river in a desert! Being in advance of my companions, it was my dutyto ascertain whether the loaded wagons could get acrossthat afternoon or not. I rode out into the boiling caldronof storm-water—dreading quicksands, and prepared foreventualities. Very soon I found that in mid-stream thewater was at least four feet deep, and very swift. Thismeant that for loaded wagons, and a pair of wild mules forleaders, it would not be wise to attempt to cross thatafternoon. The afternoon being well advanced—for our
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DOWN THE SONOYTA TO THE LAVA 119 start from Sonoyta was rather late—we camped near thecrossing. Mr. Mlhon advised taking the whole outfit back toSanto Domingo—two miles—in order to camp there andprocure hay for the horses; but Dr. MacDougal refusedto take the back track. Mr. Milton insisted, and finallybecame quite cross over the decision, but very manfullyapologized to the Doctor the following day. So there wecamped; and all save four of our cavalcade of seventeenhorses were taken back to Santo Domingo for the night,and there fed on hay. The flood in the Sonoyta subsided very rapidly. Assoon as possible after our camp site was selected, I wentdown to get a picture of the torrent. To my surprise Ifound that the water had lowered about a foot, and a widesand-bank had been exposed, most conveniently for mypurpose. Strange to say, my picture proved to be anotheraccident on the right side; and there being no rival, I showit with outrageous pride. It is strange that a stream-bed whic
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