ed, where wheat, maize, beans, melons, etc., had been planted last year; while, more than a thousand feet above their heads, they beheld neat-looking stone houses built on the receding ledges of rocks, which reminded the beholder of the swallows' nests in the house-eaves, or on the rocky formation overhanging the sea-beat caves.
Further on, an orchard containing about six hundred peach-trees was passed, and it was evident that the Indians had paid great attention to their culture.
On the second day, a party from Colonel Carson's column met the Captain in the cañon, and returned with him to Colonel Carson's camp.
A party from the Colonel's command had in the mean time attacked a party of Indians, twenty-two of whom were killed.
This had a dispiriting effect on many others, who sent in three of their number under a white flag.
Colonel Carson received them, and assured them that the Government did not desire to exterminate them, but that on the contrary the President wished to save
e Second cavalry, as usual, had a share.
The rebels, notwithstanding their recent defeat by Colonel Hatch's forces, when they undertook to break this line of railroad, seem not to have been satisfied without at least another trial.
The Second is stationed here, the Sixth Illinois at Germantown, and others farther eastward.
The rebels being on the move northward, on Sunday, the first, the Second was ordered out at nine P. M., with three days rations.
They left camp on the morning of the second, at two o'clock A. M., and proceeded to Germantown.
That night a serious affair between two officers terminated in blood.
Several officers were present at supper — among whom were Lieutenant-Colonel Loomis, commanding the Sixth Illinois cavalry, and Major Herrod, of the same regiment.
In the conversation, Colonel Loomis made a remark reflecting on Major Herrod, when he called on Colonel Loomis to take it back.
The Colonel refusing, Major Herrod instantly drew his revolver and fired five