The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 13 of 268
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fellow to talk to him after that manner. M.
de Beaujeu made him no satisfaction. These
misunderstandings, with some others which
happened before, being no way advantageous
to his majesty's service, laid the foundation
of those tragical events which afterwards
put an unhappy end to M. de la
Salle's life and undertaking and occasioned
However, it was resolved not to come to
an anchor at that island, whereupon M. de
Beaujeu said that, since it was so, we should
put in nowhere but at the island of St. Domingo.
We held on our course, weathered
the island of Madeira, and began to see
those little flying fishes, which, to escape the
dorados, or gilt-heads, that pursue them,
leap out of the water, take a little flight of
about a pistol shot, and then fall again into
the sea, but very often into ships as they are
sailing by.2 That fish is about as big as a
herring and very good to eat.
On the 24th we came into the trade wind,
which continually blows from east to west,
and is therefore called by some authors ventus
subsolanus, because it follows the motion
of the sun. The 28th we were in 27*
[' The description of this fish in MARGRY III.,
94, is much longer. This may be taken as a typical
difference between the two accounts. It would
be useless to point out every such difference.]
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