THE BACKWOODSMAN.



on his bed; over the mantelpiece was a handsome looking.
glass, and by its side hung the framed portraits of three men,
which are very frequently found in frontier houses, and by
which the Americans do not pay themselves the worst com-
pliment. They represent the greatest, the best, and the most
useful men of our century-Washington, Alexander von
Humboldt and Liebig.
  The now frequently traversed road from Turkey Creek to
the Leone shortened the distance between the two rivers
much, as the greater portion of it could be galloped over.
I reached the Fort again at an early hour, and helped Konig-
stein in his preparations for a start on the next morning. He
was going with Antonio, Lambert, and several pack animals
to fetch our saddles and traps, which we cached after the loss
of our cattle in the prairie to the north of the San Saba
Mountains.
  Although we are still living on the frontier of the desert,
we have now in front of us a line of settlements facing the
Indians, which keep off us the ordinary dangers of a frontier
life; and we are rarely reminded by the personal appearance
of these savages in our vicinity, that their hunting-grounds
are not a great distance from us.



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