March 12 (March 2, o.s.)

Jamaica: The Council meets in Port Royal and receives a report that a small French ship captained by one Nathaniel Grubing has recently plundered the settlements at the mouth of the Spanish River. Two sloop captains have volunteered to pursue Grubing and the Council promises them privateering commissions and ammunition to help in the pursuit, plus, if they find him, 100 pounds sterling and sole possession of the ship as a prize.

Massachusetts: John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin, the Salem magistrates, question Tituba and Sarah Osborne for the second day. Although the examinations on the first day were held in the Salem Village meetinghouse and open to the public, these examinations are conducted privately at the jail where Tituba and Osborne are being held. Under careful questioning by Hathorne, Tituba admits to having signed the Devil’s book in blood to enlist in his service, and says that she saw Osborne’s mark there as well, along with that of Sarah Good, the other person accused of witchcraft by the afflicted girls. She says that Good has admitted to signing the book, but that Osborne has not, and that there were nine signatures in all, belonging to residents of both Boston and Salem. She further states that the witches held a meeting in the house of her master, Samuel Parris, the minister in Salem Village, but that they prevented him from seeing them.

John Hughes, who, along with William Allen, saw a strange apparition the night before, goes in the evening to the house of Samuel Sibley, who was watching over the afflicted Betty Hubbard the previous night at Dr. Griggs’s house when he struck the apparition of Sarah Good that Betty saw on the table. On his way home afterwards, Hughes sees a mysterious big white dog that follows him for a while, then disappears. Later, when he is in bed, he sees a mysterious light and a big gray cat at the foot of the bed.

As for William Allen, he sees Sarah Good herself at the foot of his bed, surrounded by a strange light, but when he kicks her she disappears.

New Mexico: Governor Vargas, encamped at a mountain range in the Apache country, asks his Apache guide where the salina is that the Apaches get salt from. The guide had earlier promised to tell him this. He points to a path next to a very high mountain range to the east. Vargas orders for eleven of his soldiers to come with him on the fastest horses, along with twenty Indian allies, and for the rest of the camp to follow their tracks. They leave around 7:00 am, rest at noon to change horses and drink hot chocolate, and proceed at a gallop until at 3:00 pm they reach a small hill from which they can see the salina. They reach it soon afterward.

The salina is a small lake with thick salty sediment around the edges. Vargas’s men use a pick and hatchet to chip some of the sediment off to bring back to El Paso. The water is shallow and only comes up to the knee at its deepest point.

Vargas and his men scout around the area, looking for sources of potable water. His Apache guide leads him to some nearby springs that turn out to be dry. One has a little water in it, but after one horse drinks from it it too is dry. They return to the salina and find a swamp nearby from which the salina gets its water. The water in the swamp is brackish but just barely potable, so the men and horses drink it.

At night, Vargas brings the Apache guide to his tent and asks him about the surrounding area and specifically whether there are any places in the mountains where there might be either Apaches or water sources. The guide answers that the Apaches have probably all gone off to the Salado River, and that there is probably water at the foot of the tall mountain range, the Sierra Negra, nearby.

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