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did not draw together, so that we kept together,
standing upon our guard, and I was
always with him.
They brought us some pieces of beef, both
fresh and dried in the air and smoke, and
pieces of porpoise, which they cut with a
sort of knife made of stone, setting one foot
upon it and holding with one hand, whilst
they cut with the other. We saw nothing of
iron among them. They had given our men
that came with them to eat, and M. de la
Salle being extraordinary uneasy, we soon
took leave of them to return. At our going
out we observed about forty canoes, some of
them like those M. de la Salle had seen on
the Mississippi, which made him conclude
he was not far from it.
We soon arrived at our camp, and found
the misfortune M. de la Salle had apprehended
was but too certain. The ship was
stranded on the shoals. The ill management
of the captain or of the pilot, who had not
steered by the stakes placed for that purpose;
the cries of a sailor posted on the
maintop, who cried amain, "luff," which
was to steer towards the passage marked
out, whilst the wicked captain cried out,
"Come no nearer," which was to steer the
contrary course; the same captain's carelessness
in not dropping his anchor as soon
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