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SEARCH FOR THE MISSISSIPPI.
Beaujeu sailed homeward, taking with him several of the
colonists whose courage had already failed; he also took
provisions and ammunition that were claimed by La Sa1lle.
Work on the little fort was now pushed vigorously for-
ward. At first many grumbled at having to workk early
and late, but when they saw the great leader himr-self
doing more than any of them, they coulld ,not well relmain
idle. In spite of much trouble with the Indians, and( the
death of some cf their number, the colonists in Fiort St.
Louis were able to make themselves coinforta leI. TIhe
climate was delightful, and as deer, birds, fistl, alnd buf-
faloes were plentiful, there was no danger of starvatio.l.
Search for the Mississippi.-La Salle fouIlnd in tille
that he was mistaken as to the locationl of the (Great
River, but immediately decided to start onl a nw search
for the Mississippi, which he still believed to b) ntar.
Many were the trips he made, but no great river did lie
find.* An ordinary man would have given up in t(e-
spair, but La Salle never gave up. He finally decided to
make a longer and more perilous journey than anly he
had yet made, for matters were growing desperate with
the colonists, who had been now more tlhanl two years
away from home and yet had made no important (1is-
coveries. Five years before, when La Salle had sailed
down the Mississippi, he had instructed a brave soldier
friend, De Tonti (t6n tee), the Iron-Handed, to keep a
small body of men stationed near the mouth of the Ar-
* The French explored Lavaca River, the Colorado River and its surround-
ing country, the Neches, and the lands occupied by the Nassonite Indians.
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Pennybacker, Anna J. Hardwicke. A new history of Texas for schools : also for general reading and for teachers preparing themselves for examination, book, 1895; Palestine, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2388/m1/18/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .