Jan. 24. of the Creek, and sat down ona rock. Here the scenery is wild andpicturesque, and beautiful in theextreme. The water, foaming anddashing along over the rocks, and thehigh hills around, all green and springlike. The flower leaves are starting allamong the rocks - we found somealmost large enough to bud andblossom. The miners are busy at workall around, with their aqueducts andsluice boxes. They wash these out atnight, and we have been out to seethem. One party of three, who havebeen digging in people's back yards,have taken out between 5 and 6 dolls,apiece today.Jan. 25. Friday. T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 57.S.S. 52. This morning, saying goodbyeto our friends, we started for home,having staid there two days longerthan we anticipated. We chose adifferent route to return by, more amongthe mountains. All along wefound the miners very busy, most ofthem Chinamen. No wonder thatthey come here where gold is so plenty,when we reflect on the low wagesJan. 25. for which they work at home.After riding along the banks of Dry Creekfor some time, we left it, and were soonon the banks of Mule Creek. After crossingand recrossing it a number of timeswe came to a crossing which lookedexceeding muddy. Said the Dr, "Ithink it is too muddy to cross here: wewill go over a little above." But unfortunately,we chose a muddier placethan the other: and the horse steppedinto the mud so deep, that hefell down, and was unable to rise.So there we were in the middle of theCreek. Says the Dr. "I will take off myshoes and stockings, and carry youout." So he took me on his shoulderand waded out with me. Havingseen me safe on dry land, he nextunharnessed the horse and liberatedhim from the gig, and, with theassistance of a man who just thenrode up on a mule, and a teamsterpassing, succeeded in getting out boththe horse and the gig. All the help Icould afford, was, to hold the cope attached to the horse's neck, that he mightnot run away after he got out. Having
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