The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 59 of 268
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made petticoats of them. They also saw
bits of iron of the ship that was cast away,
and returned immediately to make their report
to M. de la Salle, who said we must
endeavor to get some canoes in exchange,
and resolved to send thither again the next
day. M. di Hamel, ensign to M. de Beaujeu,
offered to go up in his boat, which M.
de la Salle agreed to, and ordered MM. Moranget,
his nephew; Desloges, Oris, Gayen
and some others to bear him company.
No sooner were those gentlemen, who
were more hot than wise, landed, but they
went up to the camp of the Indians with
their arms in their hands, as if they had
intended to force them, whereupon several
of those people fled. Going into the cottages,
they found others, to whom M. du
Hamel endeavored to signify by signs that
he would have the blankets they had found
restored; but the misfortune was that none
of them understood one another. The Indians
thought it their best way to withdraw,
leaving behind them some blankets and
skins of beasts, which these gentlemen took
away, and finding some canoes in their return,
they seized two and got in to bring
But, having no oars, none of them knowing
how to manage those canoes, and having
Here’s what’s next.
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