The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 87
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Adventures of the "Lively" Immigrants. 87
this would not do. The canoe was twenty or twenty-five feet long,
and one end or the other would get in the water. We then made it
fast to the stern and towed it up-a slow, slow, tedious operation.
We brought the oar blade, cutting it in lengths to go into the
yawl. Mr. Thompson and Beddinger went to work on the canoe and
in two days had put in a splice some six or seven inches wide in the
bottom, and with the aid of part of an old tin bucket that had been
mashed they got means to do up the fracture in the side to above the
water mark. After the application of our bitumen it turned out to
be a snug, very light boat. In consequence of the help afforded by
the bitumen, one other of the new pirogues was widened in like
manner to a canoe. Finding that the red elm, which grew quite
large, would split like an acorn, we got out a slab and inserted it,
making room for a greater quantity of freight. The yawl was also
repaired, and things began to look like a move.
I think we were boat building near three weeks. This brought us
into about the first week of February. We commenced one morn-
ing to load and found something was to be gone after which had
been left. So Mr. Little and four men went down and returned late
in the evening, having picked up some recruits at the mouth of the
river. They brought back with them a party consisting of an old
man named Fitzgerald, his son, a man named Frazer, a negro wo-
man, and an old but active negro man. They were from the Cal-
casieu, and were in one of the largest and finest pirogues we had
ever seen. It was all of forty feet long, and wide enough to roll a
large barrel from one end to the other. It also had a middle piece
put in the whole length. Fitzgerald and his party were rejoiced to
see our boat come down, for he had made up his mind to await some
further information or an additional escort for fear of the Indians.
I mention the particulars relative to this boat, as it was destined to
be a help thereafter. It had very little freight aboard, and it helped
us out, as our four boats and the canoe and yawl were likely to be
too heavy loaded for comfort and good speed.
The old Governor had had a comfortable seat put in the canoe,
and he decided to take me and Beddinger in to work it. We had
nothing in it except the cooking utensils and water buckets and any
meats left over from the last breakfast. Our boat was always to be
the advance, chosen perhaps on account of my accuracy in shooting,
as I was put in the bow. The work was a light one to keep ahead of
the fleet. Of a morning we frequently would get two or three miles
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