ANOTHER STORK -- FOUR DEATHS IN DONNER CAMP -- FIELD MICE USED FOR FOOD -- CHANGED APPEARANCE OF THE STARVING -- SUNSHINE -- DEPARTURE OF THE "FORLORN HOPE"--WATCHING FOR RELIEF -- IMPOSSIBLE TO DISTURB THE BODIES OF THE DEAD IN DONNER CAMP -- ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF THE FIRST RELIEF PARTY.
MEANWHILE with us in the Sierras, November ended with four days and nights of continuous snow, and December rushed in with a wild, shrieking storm of wind, sleet, and rain, which ceased on the third. The weather remained clear and cold until the ninth, when Milton Elliot and Noah James came on snowshoes to Donner's camp, from the lake cabins, to ascertain if their captain was still alive, and to report the condition of the rest of the company.
Before morning, another terrific storm came swirling and whistling down our snowy stairway, making fires unsafe, freezing every drop of water about the camp, and shutting us in from the light of heaven. Ten days later Milton Elliot alone fought his way back to the lake camp with these tidings: " Jacob Donner, Samuel Shoemaker, Joseph Rhinehart, and
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Publication information: Book title: The Expedition of the Donner Party and Its Tragic Fate. Contributors: Eliza P. Donner Houghton - Author. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press. Place of publication: Lincoln, NE. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 68.
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