to catch fish in blankets but succeeded in only catching a few minnows. Some two days later Derr shot a wolf which was all they had the rest of the 11 days. Every portion including entrails and skin was eaten. They tried to shoot some crows but were too weak to aim. Once a Cal. lion came close to them, but Greuell failed to kill it with a double barrell shotgun. For the last 7 days they had absolutely nothing. Some of the party were determined to kill the Spaniard to eat, not concenting to Derr's claim that he had a right to a chance with the rest. Greuell would have killed him but for being prevented by Derr.3
Finally they reached Chocomonga where they found a negro who had been with Fremont, and knew how to treat them, giving them but a little at a time, thus saving their lives. They got a lot of provisions at Williams Ranch and reached the train in four days.4 It was only by proper treatment that some were prevented killing themselves from overeating. The train led by the Mormon Hunt--came up the same night. He had tried a "cut-off" and had to return after 14 days to Derr's route.5 Strangely enough, but one death occurred, and that at Los Angeles, of an elderly lady.
[ J. D. Gruwell dictated to S. B. Moore on October 18, 1887, this account of his 1849 trip. The original manuscript is in the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. J. D. Gruwell appears to have been one of the older sons of Jacob Gruwell, or of his brother. According to J. Y. Stover (seeVI: A) Jacob Gruwell was a Methodist preacher from Montrose, Iowa, who preached while crossing the____________________