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Benjamin Franklin Bonney

The thunder [in Nebraska] seemed almost incessant, and the lightning was so brilliant, you could read by its flashes…. Our tents were blown down as were the covers of our prairie schooners and in less than five minutes we were as drowned rats. Unless you have been through it, you have no idea of the confusion resulting from a storm on the plains, with the oxen bellowing, the children crying and the men shouting…with everything as light as day and thenext second as black as the depth of a pit.


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