The journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle Page: 100 of 268
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It was not long before I had intimation
of the whole affair, and I had done M. de la
Salle a singular piece of service had I then
Put to death the person who was to be his
murderer; but I rested satisfied with giving
him a severe reprimand and threatening to
Cause him to be secured if he persisted, be'ng
able to do no other under my circumr
Stlces. However, I talked to all concerned
anld put them in such hopes of M. de laI
Salle's return and that things would soon
change to their satisfaction that they were
But in regard that idleness often occaSions
uneasiness and impatience, I used all
POssible means to keep them employed in
the most obliging manner I could, setting
SOle to cut down the bushes about our
dwelling, others to hew down trees that hindered
the prospect, others to mow the grass,
that fresh might grow up for our cattle, and
at night I made them divert themselves with
datcilng and singing.
Whilst we thus passed away the time the
best we could, M. de la Salle had penetrated
Very far up into the country, inclining towards
the northern part of Mexico. He
had traveled through several nations, the
ibhabitants whereof were, for the most part,
Sociable, and had concluded a sort of alli93
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