The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 382
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sary to pass over. At ten o'clock we found a pond between the
rocks; at midday, we stopped near a lake at the descent of a moun-
tain; at five o'clock we camped near a morass, after having made
seven leagues to the north, a quarter northwest.
The 21st, we followed a small path which winds along several
hillocks; at nine o'clock our guides killed some deer; while they
were cutting them up, I killed a very large bear; we stopped near
a stream between rocks. At eleven o'clock a party of thirty Nas-
sonite and Nadsoos warriors came to join us; they were returning
to their village in fear of encountering a party of the Anahous
[Osage] nation, whose fire they had noticed. These Nassonites
had been on the chase for fifteen days, during which time they
had killed forty-six buffalo; this day we advanced three leagues
toward the north-northwest.
The 22nd, 'our guides, alarmed at the Anahous party who
roamed in these quarters, wished to leave us; it was necessary to
use a lot of remonstrances in order to induce them to pursue our
journey. We made to the northeast one and a half leagues; then
we took toward the left and passed several hillocks and prairies.
At four o'clock we found a small river, which in this place, has its
course toward the west. It meanders much and goes falling into
the Red River below the Cadodaquious. We entered afterwards
into a beautiful prairie, confined by mountains, which passes
through the land of the Illinois; they may have in this place thirty
leagues width from north to south, and, according to all appear-
ances, there are metallic mines, judging from the different colors
of the ground, the marcasites that are found there, and the assur-
ances that the savages have given. The route for this day has been
northeast, a quarter north, five leagues.
The 23rd, we advanced in the prairie toward the northwest,
a quarter north, two leagues, after which we passed a small river
which flows toward the south, which meanders between several
mountains and goes running into the river above the old Nadsoos
village. We camped, then, in order to let our horses rest, which
were diminished by two, which we had been constrained to aban-
don, not being able to go farther.
The 24th, we continued to advance into the plain to a very thick
forest near a stream which it was necessary to cross; in the after-
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