The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 383
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noon we entered into mountains very difficult to pass, because of
the denseness of the forest and of the overthrown rocks that are
found there, in addition to the fact that this dale goes always
upward; there perished two of our horses. At five o'clock in the
evening we camped in this dale near a stream at the foot of sev-
eral mountains. I had had the precaution to carry a big hammer
for breaking open rocks in which it would be possible to find
some metal; I found in this place several blackish marcasites,
speckled inside with some grains verging toward gold, and spotted
with white metal. I collected some and I do not doubt at all that,
even though there would not prove to be any metal in these rocks,
they do not fail to indicate mineral sources. We made this day
five leagues toward the northwest.
The 25th, we went up the summit of a mountain. Having ad-
vanced one league, we came down into prairies and dales very
agreeable to the sight; we killed three buffalo there. This day we
made three leagues to the northwest.
The 23rd [sic], in the morning, we discerned a troop of twenty
savages; our guides believed themselves lost, having recognized
them as Anahous. They are of the Osages. . . Although they
may be friends of the French, this nation is perfidious, and it is
good to hold one's self on his guard. This party approached to
within an arrow shot of us; our savages wished to flee, but I showed
them that if they took this defence, they were lost; that there was
not anyone but us Frenchmen who could get them out of the
difficulty. We made a friendly gesture, and the Osages appeared
on their side to have the intention of attacking us. In this per-
plexity, I made the decision to advance toward them with three
well armed Frenchmen, one of whom was the soldier of the gar-
rison, who understood several savage languages. This enemy party,
surprised by our boldness, presented the Calumet of peace to us.
They made us understand then that they had knowledge of our
nation and that we were their friends, but that they intended to
take the scalps of our guides. I opposed their plans, and I had
them informed that if they persisted in their demand I should
find myself forced to fight against them. This resolution made
them change their minds; they consulted among themselves and
agreed to let us pass in peace. I made some presents to them,
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