Seventh day -- August 28. -- We remained in camp, visiting the different localities of interest in the neighborhood. The Indians we had been following crossed the river a short distance above the mouth of Hot Spring Creek, on what is known as the Bannack Trail, leading from the headwaters of the Snake River, around by the way of the headwaters of the Madison and Gallatin Rivers, and through this district to the great buffalo range between here and the Missouri. The two hunters previously spoken of followed this trail across the range to the head of Rose Bud Creek. They found on the headwaters of the East Fork the skeletons of two hunters murdered by the Indians two years ago. They also report the existence of numerous hot springs, geysers, jets of steam issuing from the rocks, and other curiosities, at different points about the sources of that stream. They report the country beyond the range, at the distance of 70 miles, to fall off to a rolling prairie, black with buffalo as far as the eye can reach. They found strong indications of gold on the head of Rose Bud, but were deterred from prospecting for fear of the Sioux.
Since leaving Fort Ellis I had suffered considerably with a pain in the thumb of my right hand, which was now increased to such an extent as to amount to absolute torture. I had it lanced here three times to the bone with a very dull pocket-knife, in the hope of relief, which, however, did not come. It proved a felon of the most malignant class, and was destined to subject me to infernal agonies. I passed the night walking in front of the camp-fire, with a wet bandage around my arm to keep down the pain.
Eighth day -- August 29. -- We broke camp
about 8 o'clock and for a distance of six miles climbed the divide separating
Warm Spring Creek
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