The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 82
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The 2th, we arrived at the rapid. Our men had built an oven
there, in which we made very good biscuit. This rapid is thirty-
six leagues from the Mississippi, at the latitude of thirty-one de-
grees fifty minutes, according to the observation that I have made.
The country there is high and hilly; the land is good; the buffalo,
deer, and turkey game there is abundant. In the high waters, one
does not see great nor small rapid, but in the low waters, the
former could have eight feet of fall and the other one foot. It
would be very useful for some concessionaire to be established
at this place, because of the aid that boats would find in ascend-
ing the river.
The 13th, we left from the bank of the rapid and made camp
at a league and a half above.
The 14th, our Natchitoches guide had us enter into a small
river at the left, above a bluff. We advanced that way until two
o'clock in the afternoon, when our guide recognized not being
on the right route. He had us turn about on our course, until
near the bluff; then he had us enter into the branch of the branch
on the right of the river. After which we spent the night at a good
camping spot, to the right in going up river, where we killed sev-
eral turkeys for ourselves.
The 15th, we advanced into the northwest; we entered after-
wards into a small river, which is to the left; it lies in its entrance
east and west; then it meanders over several points of the com-
pass for two leagues, which actually amounts to only the north-
west. We learned that it was Devil's Ditch,1 it is very narrow. One
finds there many obstructions, caused by the trees which fall
across the stream. The fall of the water is very rapid there. At
three leagues in the said ditch, on the right, one finds, in a spot
which runs to the north, several reeds and cypresses, which can
serve for recognition in this ditch. In the evening, we camped
on a high ground, abundant in game.
The 16th, having advanced for one league and a half in this
river toward the northwest, we met a pirogue, belonging to one
named Beaulieu, resident of Natchitoches, who was going down
to New Orleans loaded with corn, bear oil, and tobacco. I bought
13Rigolet du Diable.
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