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Nancy Kelsey

We had a difficult time to find a way down the mountains. At one time, I was left alone for nearly half a day, and as I was afraid of Indians I sat all the while with my baby in my lap on the back of my horse…. It seemed to me while I was there alone that the moaning of the winds, through the pines was the loneliest sound I had ever heard.

We were out of provisions, having killed and eaten all our cattle. I walked barefeeted until my feet were blistered and lived on roasted acorns for two days…. My husband came very near dying with cramps, and it was suggested to leave him, but I said I would never do that, and we ate a horse and remained over till the next day, when he was able to travel.

Source: Emmy E. Werner, Pioneer Children on the Journey West, 9

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