But to return to the rest of the party, who reached Mr. Levi's station the same evening (January 9th) on which they parted from the two men.
On Friday, January 11th, Mr. Stuart writes:
"I have now all put in order, and consider myself fairly started, with thirty weeks' provisions. Day extremely hot. An eclipse of the sun took place at noon. Although our poor little dog Toby is carried on one of the pack-horses, he is unable to bear this great heat. I fear he will not survive the day. Arrived at Milne Springs about 5 p.m. At sundown poor little Toby died, regretted by us all, for he had already become a great favourite."