The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 384
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
after which they left without approaching our guides, who with
the rest of my men, held themselves on their guard. This same
day we found two streams, some hillocks, and prairies, and made
three leagues toward the northwest.
The 27th, we entered into a fine country where we perceived
a great number of deer. At ten o'clock we passed a little, barren
mountain; then a stream, near which we stopped in order to pass
the heat of the midday. At three o'clock we perceived several
camp sites, whose fires were still burning, and horse's dung. Our
guides informed us this could be a Cancy party. Since this nation
would not have given any better quarters to us than to our sav-
ages and there was danger of becoming their prey, we marched
on our guard. Having advanced one and one-half leagues, we
crossed a lake on keys;70 one of our horses fell into the water
with his load; he drowned, but we saved the provisions that he
carried. We camped on the other side of the lake. At five o'clock
in the evening, a Naouydiche [Nabedache] savage, who was out
reconnoitering, having recognized us as allies, came to inform us
that the camp sites which we had found were those of a Cancy
war party of sixty men, from whom it was necessary to keep on
guard; that at six leagues farther were drawn up the great
Naouydiche chief on the border of one of the branches of the
Ouachitas River and forty warriors, who went to the Touacara
village in order to see the French chief there. This day we made
six leagues to the northwest.
The 28th, we marched into a beautiful prairie diversified by
hillocks and groves; we encountered there a prodigous number
of wild buffalo and a great number of wolves; they are small and
are not at all bad. We saw there also many partridges, snipes, and
bustard plovers. In the evening we mounted to the summit of a
rock, at the descent of which we camped near a small lake; the
same evening my English she dog wandered off, for which I had
very great regret; we made three leagues to the north, a quarter
The 29th, we advanced three leagues to the north-northeast
and crossed a rather difficult forest and several small stony moun-
tains. We entered afterwards into prairies, then into a very thick
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