When we last heard from Mr. Johnson, he had braved a huge thunderstorm on his way into Terrace.

“On the morning of the 19th I left Terrace for Kelton. It was six o’clock when I started; the morning was cold and cloudy and I hesitated about starting, but being anxious to reach Ogden, I went on. I was told after traveling a mile to cross the railroad, as the trail on the south side was the best for traveling. My trail was anything but good. Having made the first mile and could see no crossing I stopped and looked for it, but found none. I carry four pieces of wood, two by four feet long. This timber I put on the side of the rails so that my carriage wheels would run over the rails without straining my wagon. At first-class stations there is timber laid for the crossings. I looked around for a suitable place to cross and found a good one; I laid my timbers and crossed the track and struck a good road and went on with good cheer. About noon I made Matlin station and stopped, giving my cattle a feed and went to the station. Here I found a man sitting reading a newspaper beside a stove. I passed the compliments of the day with him, and said, ‘I am traveling east to Ogden. Will you give me the privilege of making some coffee on your stove?’ ‘Oh, yes; with pleasure.’ I made some coffee, boiled some eggs, and ate my dinner. …”

“… I returned to my cattle and found that the horse had not eaten her grain, so I gave it to the cow and she soon ate it up. It was now almost raining, there being a heavy, cold mist. No sheds being nigh in which to shelter, I go on to Ombey, which is ten miles further. Traveling on until about five o’clock, I came to some grass. Here I stopped and allowed the horse and cow to have their fill of it, and they seemed to relish it well. ‘Well, Fanny; we must make the next station, Ombey.’ We moved on and reached there about half-past six. This is a section station, a house for the boss and a shanty for his assistants.

“I went to the house and in answer to my call, a man came to the door asking, ‘What do you want, stranger?’ I answered, ‘I am traveling with a horse and carriage and have come a long distance, as far as from California, and have led a cow that distance; today I have come from Terrace. It has been a hard day for my horse and she is not feeling well, having refused her dinner at Matlin. Now, friend, what can you do for my cattle and me?’ ‘I have no shed or wood-house for your cattle, but I can find a place for you.’ ‘Friend, you have got what I want some distance back, that would suit me.’ ‘What is that?’ ‘It is your hand-car shed.’ ‘I never thought of that; you can use it for your horse and cow.’ This hand-car house was but a short distance from the boss of repair’s house. He went with me and ran out the hand-car and put in my carriage, horse, and cow. ‘Friend, I am all right now. Will you give me something to milk in, and I will give you the milk?’ The lady of the house handed me a pail in which I milked and filled it full, and gave it to the lady. By this time, the lady had made some coffee expressly for me. I carried in my lunch basket, but it was not needed, as she had provided plenty of eatables. After supper many questions were asked, such as where I was from, where going, how long had I been on the road, and whether or no I would ever make Massachusetts. ‘Friends, I am tired and would like to retire; if you will go with me to the shed, you may lock me in, but you must let me out in the morning.’ ‘You may stay in the house if you wish.’ ‘I prefer to sleep with my cattle; I have done so every night since I left California.’ We went to the shed, found all right, and the cattle seemed satisfied with their quarters. I gave them water and grain, made up my bed and laid down for the night; the stranger saying as he left me, ‘I think it is best not to lock you in; should anything happen, you will be able to get out and let us know.’ ‘Very well, perhaps that would be best. Good night.’ My thoughts of accidents troubled me until the trains which meet at this station had passed, then I slept soundly the rest of the night.”