Manuscripts/Mixed Material [William A. Smith]
“' It was a spot about 100 miles from where we were and the place layed between tow mountains. In the valley was a stream and that [hors?] could be seen coming to the stream for water every morning just as the sun put in it's appearance.
“' With that information, I started to make the drag and found it without any trouble. I hid myself, off a good piece, in the top of a tree and waited for the critter to appear as and how I had been told. Sure as you are alive, when the sun peeped over the horizon there appeared the animal. It was the most beautiful thing I ever laid my eyes on. He was as white and clean as new fallen snow, a large bushy tail stood out like a swan's neck ant his mane looked like a silver water fall. He held his head like a proud pea-cock and moved with the grace of a ballad dancer. Well, to make a long story short, it was a hoss that would make any lover of hoss flesh leave his family for.
“' Now, how to capture that critter without injuring it, or even putting a blemish on him was the question. It was too pretty to make a mark on its body. So I decided on a scheme. The following morning, before sunup, I submerged myself in the water at his drinking place. I placed a reed in my mouth for breathing purpose and there I layed.
“'In due time he arrived and as he lowered her head to