November 30 (November 20, o.s.)

New Mexico: In the morning Governor Vargas assembles his men at their campsite and prepares them to depart for El Paso.  Agustín, the Zuni man who agreed the previous day to guide the expedition along a shortcut from El Morro to Senecú, shows up as promised with his two Spanish-speaking companions and they mount the three horses Vargas agreed to give them.

Two of the Spanish soldiers, José Madrid and Martín Hurtado, ask to be allowed to go to the pueblo up on the mesa near the camp to reclaim their sisters, who they recently discovered there.  They had been captured during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and ended up at Zuni after a long series of events over the following twelve years.  When their brothers chanced upon them they asked to be taken back to El Paso.  Madrid and Hurtado therefore ask Vargas for permission to go to the pueblo to arrange to take their sisters back with them.  They say they will catch up with the main group as soon as possible.  Vargas grants them permission and they go.

The rest of the expedition then sets off.  They march as far as the first waterhole, Ojito de Zuni, where they camp for the night.  In the evening, after the men have set up their campsite, a messenger arrives from Zuni and tells Vargas that some Zuni scouts have seen tracks of Apaches following the expedition and that the people of the pueblo want to warn him to be prepared for a possible nighttime attack.  Vargas therefore assembles his officers and tells them about the reports.  He orders them to have their men be prepared and alert all night.

Shortly after this, Madrid and Hurtado arrive from Zuni with their sisters and their children.  They rejoin the camp and Vargas records the names of the women and the names and ages of their children.  The whole camp then settles down for the night, wary and prepared for a possible attack by the Apaches.  The Apaches, however, do not attack, and the camp remains undisturbed all night.

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