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Pah-Ute Hill

The close of the next day brings us to the summit of Pah-Ute hill, which we attain without making any great ascent, for it is the edge of the table-land, or mesa, on which we have been travelling all the afternoon ; but had we been coming the other way, we should have found it to be indeed a hill, an acclivity of two thousand eight hundred feet, most of the way so steep as to render it necessaiy to " double team " to get the waggons up. We find an abundance of good grass all round us, but no wood and no water. The nearest water is some miles down-hill, and the mules and horses are driven loose to it by the herders, and then back to feed round our camp all night, under good and sufficient guard.

Our efficient train-master has taken care that liberal rations for all of that necessary but not inspiring fluid, water, has been hauled in the waggons from Bock Springs, and " bois de vache '' has been collected by the teamsters for fuel. We are within a day's inarch of our destination -.- down-hill ! The hardships of the trip are over.

Standing on the edge of Pah-Utd hill, where the descent begins, we are at an elevation of nearly three thousand nine hundred feet above the sea-level, and, to reach the valley below, shall have to wind and twist about for eighteen miles of short abrupt rises, and long curving descents; some of the latter so precipitous, indeed, as to require the hindwheels of every waggon to be rough-locked and chained to the waggon-beds.

Only one sentence-.- only one word can adequately describe the view.

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