98 try the lava beds where accord to Van B sheep were often found. & as one of the Vans [was going] joined in the hunt we were [sanguine] of [success]. but this day only wolves were seen. We camped one night at Rett Lake. Next day we returned to Van old camp Siss who thus far had been occupied mostly about the camp set out alone for a square days hunting all by himself declaring he would kill a ram before night From Rett Lake where we camped he struck directly accross the lava plains for the Main Sheep Mtn [Mountain], while Jerome drove around with the wagon
99 while Van Bremer B [Brown] Hep & myself rode over the sage plain leaving Sheep Mtn [Mountain] on the left. Hoping to find our game on the way nor were we disappointed. While we were all riding in silence through the rough lava plain, saged, Van keen eyes discovered a flock of 50 or more rams ewes & a few lambs. [The first] I was gazing at [Mt] [Van] at the & the first intimation I had was Van dismounting & handing me his halter. The noble game were about 300 yds distant & stood gazing at us to the right was a jagged
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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