As mentioned yesterday, there were a number of hazards on the Mormon Trail, some hazards taking more lives of the Saints than others. What was it that killed 18-year old Caroline Todd?
b. Bad water
d. Rattlesnake bite
Saturday, September 20, 1856 near Ash Hollow, Nebraska, Willie Company Journal: This morning Sister Stewart stated that when she descended into Ash Hollow instead of turning to the right towards the river where our camp was, she turned to the left because she saw a road in that direction. She went for a long distance on such a road, and not seeing anything of the camp, turned back to the place where we nooned yesterday. She slept last night on the bluffs of the open prairie, and she was followed by some wolves, one of which came within 2 yards of her. I seemed inclined to be rather too familiar, which she instantly checked by a steady gaze, accompanied by an authoritative shake or wave of her right hand.
Stewart E. Glazier and Robert S. Clark, Journey of the Trail (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1997), 42-43.