In April of 1883, General Crook mounted a massive expedition force to go after Geronimo and his warriors in Mexico. Assigned to cover the story for the New York Herald, A. Frank Randall brought along a camera and glass plates packed by a mule. Barely a week into the expedition, five mules were killed when they lost their footing on the narrow high mountain trails in the Sierra Madres. One fell hundreds of feet to its doom. The unfortunate animal carried Randall’s cherished camera and glass plates with it.