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make a canoe, sent seven or eight workmen
to hew it down, two of whom returned some
time after; in a great fright, and told him
they had narrowly escaped being taken by
a company of savages, and that they believed
the others had fallen into their hands. M.
de la Salle ordered us immediately to handle
our arms and to march with drums beating
against the savages, who, seeing us in
that posture, faced about and went off.
M. de la Salle, being desirous to join
those savages, to endeavor to get some information
from them, ordered ten of us to
lay down our arms and draw near them,
making signs to them at the same time to
come to us. When they saw us in that posture
and unarmed most of them also laid
down their bows and arrows and came to
meet us, caressing us after their manner,
and stroking first their own breasts and then
Ours, then their own arms and afterwards
Ours. By these signs they gave us to understand
that they had a friendship for us,
which they expressed by laying their hands
on their hearts, and we did the same on our
Six or seven of those savages went along
With us, and the rest kept three of our men
in the nature of hostages. Those who went
with us were made much of, but M. de la
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