Having been persuaded by Hornby to stay at Fort Smith that Winter (1923-4), the first thing necessary was the purchase of a complete Winter’s trapping outfit, including dogs-sleigh-rifles-ammunition-traps-groceries-clothing etc.etc
But, once we had spread the word about dogs-giving the Indians time to bring some in for inspection, our first job was to pick our trapping ground. The Little Buffalo River was 50 miles West of Fort Smith in a North and South direction and we picked this, but had to make our inspection trip before going to stay, build a shack and generally prepare everything before Winter set in.
The first 20 miles of our journey was easy and was done in a “Democrat”. We only took enough flour, bacon etc. for a short stay as everything