Boy Scouts Beyond The Seas
“ . . . In the afternoon we went to see the branding of the colts. They let us have a try at throwing the colts and keeping them down. It was very exciting. In the evening the calves were branded. This was more fun, as they had to be wrestled with to throw them.
“ . . . Spent the free time in shooting “prairie dogs.” These are a great pest to the ranchers, and they are very pleased when one is killed. Shot eight in twelve shots.
“ . . . An Indian who had ridden over in the morning went against us in a scouting match. He was to get into the ranch and we had to see and stop him. He was, however, seen by Allen.
“ . . . One of the Scouts got an unpleasant surprise. He was ‘snapping’ a noble Red Indian warrior, in a dirty blanket, who was driving some mustangs, when he suddenly found the warrior charging down on him, angrily protesting.
“ . . . We were invited to supper by Mr. Lumsden, a farmer near here. He was awfully decent, and gave us the best meal I ever had. He seemed to understand that boys do not care for thin slices of bread and butter, but like a good square meal.
“ . . . I spent the morning fishing, and caught thirteen beautiful trout.
“ . . . I saw a very big grass snake come from a hole under a trestle bridge and swim across the stream. It was wonderful to see how fast and gracefully it was able to swim by wriggling about like an eel. It was the first snake I have seen in its native wilds.
“ . . . l was surprised at the numbers of insects here. Very large butterflies, peculiar beetles, and many different kinds of grass-hoppers, while the variety of stinging flies was enormous. Every fly seems to sting out here. I am covered with stings.
“ . . . Mr. Meikejohn lent us two ponies, so Grocock and I went on them. The other boys said we were two rather amusing sights as we rode over the field.
“ . . . After Mr. Meiklejohn had given us supper, we had a band which was home-made. There were clappers made from horses’ ribs, drums made from empty lard-tins, with skin stretched over them, and triangles made from the prongs of old hayforks.
“ . . . An old Indian gave us a ride into town, so we treated him to ice-cream.
I treated a Red Indian to an ice cream.
“ . . . We were piled on top of each other in the little cart and driven home. We were pretty stiff when we got there, especially the bottom layer of boys in the cart.
“ . . . We gave two Indians dinner, and were absolutely astonished at the amount they put away.