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Marl Springs

The supply of water at this camp ground is very limited, but it is not as limited as it is nasty.
Marl Spring - Mojave Road
The "springs," forsooth! are a shallow puddle, and two deep narrow holes in the ground. To get water out of them, the men let buckets down with ropes, and haul them up hand over hand. The first half-bucketful -.- do ingenuity or cunning of hand will bring a bucket up full -.- is covered with a thick slime, the next is muddy, then it gets worse until it is half mud, and it will take thirty minutes for the water to collect again. To water a large party is impossible; to water a small one, laborious and tiresome.

This water is said to be very wholesome. It is most certainly nasty. It is tepid, slightly bitter, and, even after standing all night in a vessel to settle, thick and discoloured. I cannot say what its washing qualities are -.- it is too scarce to be wasted for such a purpose ; but, if so used, would probably make a man slightly more dirty than he was before.

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