"Salt Lake Emigrants," Frontier Guardian, 21 Feb. 1849, 2.
It is intended for companies to start from this point, to emigrate to the Great Valley of the Salt Lake so soon as grass is sufficiently grown to sustain cattle and teams. Whenever a company of fifty wagons have assembled at the camping ground on this side of the river near this place, (the precise place will be designated in due time,) they will forthwith be organized and start on their journey. This number can travel with much more ease, comfort and speed than any greater number. Our experience has proven this to us. The men and boys that will naturally go with fifty wagons, will be quite sufficient to protect themselves on the journey against the Indians. Every man and boy capable of using a rife or a musket, should, by all means, have one, and a good one. If any are deficient in this respect, we will furnish every company with what they may lack, provided the captain and principal men of each company will become responsible for the arms and deliver them safely to the High Council in the Valley. As there is quite a lot of arms here that belong there, and we wish to forward them on. The organization of companies will be strictly military, and every man should be amply provided with arms and ammunition adequate to any and every exigence. Our experience last year on the Elk Horn river with the Omaha Indians abundantly shows the importance of a rigid observance of the above.
The bill of particulars, embracing provisions, and other articles to be taken, will appear in the Guardian in due time. Every wagon, before starting, will be examined to see if it contains the requisite amount of provisions, utensils and means of defence. If they are deficient in these, they will not be allowed to cross the river to proceed with our companies. The severity of the winter here, awakens some hears that they have had a sever winter in the Valley, and it will be, most likely, thought better to take a greater amount of provisions than was a first anticipated. A few extra barrels of flour will do no harm.