170 years ago today - Mar 30, 1849

[Wilford Woodruff]
There is A report in this days papers that Col Freemont lost 120 Mules in one night with the cold & snow on the Mountains, which left him on foot And All his party perished & eat each other up. All died but himself & he vary badly frost bitten.

This is the second party of Missourians who have died A miserable death & each eats [the] other up. What is the cause of this? The measure they meet is measured unto them again. They one put the prophets patriarchs & Apostles in Chains in prision & fed them on human flesh even the flesh of their brethren. That state with this Nation has some heavy bills to pay & serious things to Meet. So prepare for it.

It has since been ascertained that all of the Company did not perish but 120 Mules died in one night & all baggage was lost except one trunk. 11 men perished in trying to get to the settlements.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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