The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 55 of 268
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and, fortune being incensed against us, two
things contributed to the total loss of all
The first was that our boat, which hung
at the stern of the ship run aground, was
maliciously staved in the night, so that we
had none left but M. de Beaujeu's. The
second, that the wind blowing in from the
offing made the waves run high, which,
beating violently against the ship, split her,
and all the light goods were carried out at
the opening by the water. This last misfortune
happened also in the night. Thus
everything fell out most unhappily, for had
that befallen in the day abundance of things
might have been saved.
Whilst we were upon this melancholy
employment4 about a hundred or a hundred
and twenty of the natives came to our
camp with their bows and arrows. M. de la
Salle ordered us to handle our arms and
stand upon our guard. About twenty of
these Indians mixed themselves among us
to observe what we had saved of the shipwreck,
upon which there were several sentinels
to let none come near the powder.
The rest of the Indians stood in parcels,
or peletons. M. de la Salle, who was ac'
The next four pages supply a break in the
Relation. Cf. MARGRY III., 156-I62.]
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