The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 34 of 268
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to be native savages. We drew within two
musket shots of the land, and the shore
being flat, the wind setting from the offing,
and the sea running high, dropped our anchors,
for fear of staving our boats.
When the savages perceived we had
stopped they made signs to us with skins
to go to them, showed us their bows, which
they laid down upon the ground, and drew
near to the edge of the shore; but because
we could not get ashore, and still they continued
their signals, I put my handkerchief
on the end of my firelock, after the manner
of a flag, and made signs to them to come to
us. They were some time considering of it,
and at last some of them ran into the water
UP to their shoulders, till perceiving that
the waves overwhelmed them, they went out
again, fetched a large piece of timber, which
they threw into the sea, placed themselves
along both sides of it, holding fast to it with
one arm and swimming with the other, and
in that manner they drew near to our boat.
Being in hopes that M. de la Salle might
get some information from these savages,
we made no difficulty of taking them into
our boat, one after another, on each side, to
the number of five, and then made signs to
the rest to go to the other boat, which they
did, and we carried them on board.
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6103/m1/34/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .