The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 35 of 268
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M. de la Salle was very well pleased to
see them, imagining they might give him
some account of the river he sought after;
but to no purpose, for he spoke to them in
several of the languages of the savages,
which he knew, and made many signs to
them; but still they understood not what
he meant, or, if they did comprehend anything,
they made signs that they knew nothing
of what he asked; so that, having made
them smoke and eat, we showed them our
arms and the ship, and when they saw at
one end of it some sheep, swine, hens and
turkeys, and the hide of a cow we had
killed, they made signs that they had all of
those sorts of creatures among them.
We gave them some knives and strings of
beads, after which they were dismissed, and,
the waves hindering us from coming too
near the shore, they were obliged to leap
into the water, after we had made fast about
their necks or to the tuft of hair they have
on the top of the head the knives and other
small presents M. de la Salle had given
They went and joined the others who
expected them and were making signs to
us to go with them; but, not being able to
make the shore, we stood off again and returned
to our ship. It is to be observed that
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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/m1/35/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .