T. B. H. Stenhouse mentions the "Missouri Wildcats" in 1873, at a time when the rumor began to spread.

T. B. H. Stenhouse

T. B. H. Stenhouse, The Rocky Mountain Saints (New York: Appleton, 1873), 424-428

T. B. H. Stenhouse
T. B. H. Stenhouse
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A few weeks in advance of the United States Expedition to Utah in 1857, there were two trains of emigrants crossing the plains with the purpose of going to southern California. One was from Missouri, the other from Arkansas. The former was composed chiefly of men who named themselves “Missouri Wild-cats;” the other train was a company of highly-respectable persons, sober and orderly, and in their associations seemed like a large gathering of kindred, or very near friends. The first were probably venturous spirits seeking fortunate; the others, citizens seeking new homes . . . Those who passed the [Arkansas] company en route, or travelled with them a part of the way, were favourably impressed with their society, and spoke of them in the kindest terms as an exceedingly fine company of emigrants, such as was seldom seen on the plains. Though utterly unlike themselves in character and disposition, the “Wildcats” contracted for them much respect, and came as near to them in travelling as was convenient for the grazing of the cattle and the purposes of the camp at night. Within sight of each other they would form their corrals, but, while the one resounded with vulgar song, boisterous roaring, and “tall swearing,” in the other there was the peace of domestic bliss and conscious rectitude. A gentleman, a friend of the Author travelled with this Arkansas company from Fort Bridget to Salt Lake City, and speaks of them in the highest terms: he never travelled with more pleasant companions. Hearing the nightly yells of the “Wild-cats,” he advised the Arkansas company to separate from them as much as possible while passing through the settlements, and in going through the Indian country. At that time it was easy to provoke a difficulty; the whole country was excited over the news of the “invading army;” and so much was this gentleman impressed with the necessity of great prudence on the part of the emigrants that, after he had left them on his arrival at Salt Lake City, he afterwards returned and impressed upon the leading men the urgency of refusing to travel further with the Missouri company so near to them. The kindly suggestions were appreciated, and they expressed their desire to act upon them.

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