The next morning, Mr. Johnson “was up as usual getting ready to move onward. I gave the animals their breakfast and was greasing the wheels of my wagon when my friend of the station came along. ‘Well, stranger, I see you are making ready to go on. How did you sleep last night?’ ‘Well, the first part I slept with my eyes open, and the latter much better with them closed, the trains having passed.’ ‘Our breakfast is about ready, come in and have a dish of hot coffee. It takes milk to make good coffee, I find.’ ‘Yes, it improves it very much.’ I went and took breakfast with them, and as I was leaving said to them, ‘Friends, I feel very grateful to you for the kindness to me. I am sure, could my cattle speak, they would also. Good morning.’ ‘Good morning,’ was answered. ‘Take the first right trail after crossing the railroad, it is the best and the nearest.’ It is just six o’clock as we move on another stage of our journey.

“After crossing the railroad I left the road to my left, my trail taking me down into the canyon, while the railroad went around, both coming together again before reaching Kelton, which place I reached at eleven o’clock. I drove down to the stockyards and asked the proprietor if he would sell me some hay to bait by horse and cow. ‘Lead your cattle into the yard and we will feed them on hay.’ ‘How much will you ask me?’ ‘Fifty cents a head.’ ‘Will you sell me some to take outside of the yard?’ ‘No, not a pound.’ I went down town, coming to a small barn. I stopped and went into the barn and heard someone say, ‘Whoa, Fanny, whoa.’ On looking around I saw a lady putting a saddle on a horse and I said to her, ‘Madam, I have just come into town and stopped back at the stockyards to see if I could buy some hay for my cattle; I have a horse and cow. I am a traveler, I have come a long distance and still have a longer distance before me.’ ‘Where are your cattle?’ ‘Outside the barn.’ She stepped out, saw them and said, ‘You have a fine-looking cow. Where have you come from?’ ‘I have come from California.’ ‘Not with that horse and cow?’ ‘Yes, I have.’ ‘Drive to the barn, take the horse out of the carriage and lead her into that stall, put the cow into the next and give them all the hay they wish; there is grain, help yourself,’ said the lady. I did as told. ‘How long do you intend to stay?’ she asked. ‘I would like to stop over until tomorrow morning. The cow gives milk, but she has not been milked since last night.’ ‘I would like the milk; I keep an eating-house on Main street. I will get a pail for the milk,’ she said. She brought me the pail, I milked and gave it to her, when she said, ‘This is a fine mess and a large quantity of milk; I would like that cow. Come in and have some dinner.’ I took dinner with the lady and as we were about to leave the table, a gentleman came in and sat down to dinner.

“The lady said, ‘This is my husband, stranger. This man says he has traveled from California to this place with a horse, carriage, cow and dog, and is going east, to Massachusetts.’ ‘Then you are the man I read of in some Western papers?’ he said. ‘I am, sir.’ ‘You are a gritty fellow to undertake such a journey. There is not a young man that dares do as much.’ ‘His cattle are in our barn, go and look at them after dinner.’ ‘I will, wife.’ He went to the barn and looked my cattle over, saying, ‘He has got a fine-looking cow and a good one.’ ‘John, look in this pail and see what a large mess of milk he has taken from her,’ said the lady. The husband left, but as he went out he told everybody that I had arrived, and the people came to see me. The landlord said to a friend, ‘Bill, the man from California had got along with his horse and cow; they are in my stable, come and have a look at them; my wife thinks everything of the cow.’ They came. ‘Well, stranger, you have a fine horse here.’ ‘Yes, she is a Morgan mare.’ ‘I see she is. Where is the cow?’ ‘Here she is.’ ‘She is a daisy; handsome and beautifully marked. Have you come from California with this horse and cow?’ ‘I have, sir.’ ‘You are a brick, well burned. If you succeed in this enterprise we will run you for next president.’ “

… to be continued …