kind. We traveled four miles and camped on the open prairie withoutwood or water, except that we brought with us. There is nothing to see butone endless sea of grass, waving and rolling like the waves of the sea,and now and then a tree. We had a very heavy thunderstorm thismorning.
. Jane Green died this morning of cholera, she was 18years old. Our first fifty came up with us this morning. They had buried aBro. Smith this morning. The rest of the camp all well. We went four miles and camped where we found wood and water. We killed arattlesnake.
.Joseph Green died this morning of cholera, age 19 months,making three of one family that have died within five days. Came up withour first fifty, found Bro. Hall dead with cholera. Our camp felt afflictedand distressed. We felt like humbling ourselves before the Lord, and praythat He might turn from us the sickness and distress among us. Wetherefore met together, the speakers exhorting us to be diligent in our devotions and united. A vote was taken to that effect. They called uponthe Lord in prayer that he would bless and preserve us on our journey tothe Valley. We then started on our journey rejoicing. We met the mailfrom the Valley. Met Bro. Crosby and seven other brethren on their wayon a mission to England. We were very glad to see them. They broughtcheering news from the Valley, which caused us to rejoice. We traveledsix miles and camped on the prairie without wood, but found water.
.Very warm and pleasant, we traveled sixteen miles, all level prairie.
.We traveled about 15 miles. Camped on the Bluff on the north side of thePlatte River. Good wood and water. Our first fifty camped about a milefrom us. Samuel Hardy buried his youngest child this morning.
.Stopped to wash. Lucy Johnson was taken sick this afternoon and diedat 12 o'clock.
.Camped for the day. Sister Snow died this morning,making five that have died in our division.
.We traveled sixteen miles,camped on the Platte River, good camping ground. Our two companiestogether. All pretty well.
.Had a heavy thundershower last night. Thismorning cool and cloudy. Bro. Woodruff baptized twelve persons.Father, Mary Jane and George were among the number. We traveled thetwelve miles. Camped on the Platte River. Passed some bluffs, the roadvery sandy and crooked in some places.
.Cool and pleasant. Wetraveled fifteen miles, camped on the bank of the Platte River. Heavyshowers.
. Heavy showers, very warm and sultry. Sister Huntingtonof the first division died of a fever. The road very wet and hard to travel.We went ten miles and camped on the Platte. Bro. Hyde passed us on
his way to the valley.
.Had a heavy rain last night. The river rosetwo feet. One horse was drowned. Traveled about ten miles and campedon the open prairie. Had very heavy thundershowers. The cattle of thefirst division strayed away, but found them all again.
Sunday.Camped for the day, both divisions camped in one corral. We held ameeting in the afternoon. Bros. Whipple, Hardy and Woodruff were thespeakers. We felt very much encouraged by what they said.
.Wetraveled seven miles, came to Ft. Childer, formerly Ft. Carney. Athundershower came up and Wm. Ridges was struck by lightning andinstantly killed. Three of his cattle were killed at the same time, and oneof his children injured but not seriously. A number of people felt theshock. We went two miles farther and camped.
. A child of Mrs.Barnes died of cholera this morning. The weather is clear and cool, it isvery muddy. We were delayed this morning. Traveled about eight miles,camped on prairie. Used buffalo chips for fuel.
.Went eighteenmiles and camped on Plum Creek. We passed a number of groves of trees. We saw some animals on the bluffs, probably buffalo. The weather fine, the roads good.
.This morning is clear and beautiful. Wetraveled sixteen miles and camped on the open prairie without wood or water.
.Traveled about fourteen miles. The weather cloudy. Bro.Emmet killed an antelope. It was distributed among his ten. We found itexcellent eating. We camped on the bank of the river, a beautiful place.The bluffs begin to look higher and more rough and more rugged.
.Sunday, so we did not travel today according to counsel. We heldmeetings in the forenoon and afternoon, and received some excellentinstructions that served to cheer us on our journey.
. We startedthis morning in good spirits. David Cook shot a sage hen. We saw someantelope and some wolves, did not kill any. We passed Bro. Woodruff'scompany about noon; they were camped on the Platte. Bro. Petty wassick, had buried one of his children the day before. We traveled about 16miles and camped on the banks of the Platte Rivera grand place to bathe.Bro. Woodruff's company caught up with us tonight.
. Traveledfourteen miles and camped near the Platte River. Bro. Emmet killed anantelope. We had a steak from it, very good. Bro. Woodruff's companycamped with us tonight.
.We traveled about eight miles andcamped. We passed near a number of herds of buffalo. Our divisionkilled one, and brought into camp. The first division killed two. The feedfor the cattle is growing shorter. We see quite a number of buffalo deadon the ground. We made a rule in our camp not to kill any more than weneed to eat.
.Cloudy. Saw two big white wolves and four antelope.