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woods in which our guide misled us. After a thousand obstruc-
tions, we found ourselves on the border of the west branch of the
Oauchitas River, which separated, at twenty leagues lower, from
the other branch, which ascends into the west-northwest; this
river empties into the Red River, at fourteen leagues from its
mouth. At two o'clock in the afternoon, we joined the Naouydiche
party; it was busy smoking unicorns.71 This is an animal as large
as a middle-sized horse; it has red hair of the color and length of
that of goats, the leg rather slender and in the middle of the fore-
head a horn, without branch, of a half foot long; the meat of it is
very delicate. This discovery proves itself in conformity to what
M. de Bienville had heard the savages tell, that there were uni-
corns in the headwaters of the Ouachitas.
The great Naouydiche chief and his warriors testified to me
much friendship and celebrated with me the Calumet in this
place, which induced me to make new presents to him; I showed
them the marcasites that I had collected in the mountains; they
assured me that in the same range to the northeast of where I had
passed they had had knowledge of several very weighty metallic
The 3oth, we remained in camp; the savages busied themselves
at catching several fishes in a stream which was running into
The 31st, we put ourselves on the march with the Naouydiche
party; we found a very thick woods, at the outlet of which we
entered into another clearer woods; then into prairies, at the end
of which we passed through a woods, at the exit of which we
stopped on the border of the west-northwest branch of the
Ouachitas River. This day we made six leagues into the north, a
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