"Then to make matters worse (for me) I
met with what I felt sure was a mortal wound. I exposed
myself a little too much, and an Indian took a pot shot at me, which
tore away the whole side of my face (at least I thought so), and
toppled me over. Burney and Sylvester quickly pulled me
back behind our friendly shelter where with hands pressed tightly over
my mutilated face, I told them of the serious nature of the wound and
called attention to the blood that was trickling through my fingers.
"They pulled my hands down to see how badly I was hurt, and then they
burst in to a hearty laugh. 'Why', they said 'you are not hurt at
all, you are only crying,' and to my intense relief I found this to be
true. The heavy ball from the Indain's gun had scaled off a large piece
of bark from our tree, and this had struck me in the face with such
force that it stunned me, and brought the tears to my eyes."
OF THE CALIFORNIA RANGERS:
The following list was the personnel of the Rangers, as given by Capt.
Howard: Harry Love, captain, was killed in Santa Cruz in a feud; Gen.
B. Edward Conner died in San Francisco; William Burns, died in
Stockton; Charles Bludworth, killed Snelling, Merced County,
Thomas T Howard, died in Galveston; W. J. Henderson, died in Fresno;
John White, killed at Fort Tejon; William Campbell, died at Kings
River; Edward Campbell, died at Kings River; Augusta Black, killed in
the civil war; Dr. Hollister, died in San Jose; Robert McMasters, died
in Sacramento; George Evans, died in Santa Cruz; John Nutall, killed at
Nicaragua; Geogre Nutall, died in Stockton; Nicholas Ashmore, killed at
Salt Lake; James Norton, killed at Salt Lake; Ned Van Buren, killed in
Contra Costa County, George Chase, drowned in the Fresno River, and
Capt. W. J. Howard, living.
transcribed by c feroben
Mariposa County Family Chronicles