[Hosea Stout Diary] Thursday Sept 30th 1847. Went out on guard with 7 men I went North west with 3 or 4 of the guard. While out on the prairie some four or five miles I discovered a smoke to the South towards Belvue whereupon we directed our course in that way for about 4 miles when the guard in that direction gave us the alarm of Indians
We also saw some one whom we supposed to be an indian and as before agreed with prest Cutler in such cases sent in L. H. Calkins to give him notice of what we saw and we proceeded still South for 4 or 5 miles further and waited untill Cutler came with a company of ten or twelve men so we joined them and proceeded towards Belvue several miles & found that the smoke was still a long ways off perhaps near the otto village at the mouth of the platte.
The company went home & I went West among the hills with 2 of the guard in search of indian sign but found none so we came home very late in the evening. It was a very hot day and we had altogether the hardest days ride to day that we had this summer I believe
The excitement was great in town to day and in fact the appearance was that the Indians were in the immediate neighbourhood.
[source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]