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departure, but believe it was the I4th of
[BEGINNING THE SETTLEMENT-THE FIRST
SEARCH FOR THE MISSISSIPPI.]
WHEN M. de Beaujeu was gone we fell
to Work to make a fort of the wreck of the
Ship that had been cast away, and many
Pieces of timber the sea threw up, and during
that time several men deserted, which
added to M. de la Salle's affliction. A Spaniard
and a Frenchman stole away and fled,
and were never more heard of. Four or
five others followed their example, but M.
de la Salle, having timely notice, sent after
them and they were brought back. One of
them was condemned to death and the
Others to serve the King ten years in that
When our fort was well advanced M. de
la Salle resolved to clear his doubts and to
go up the river where we were to knov
Whether it was not an arm of the MissisSiPpi,
and accordingly ordered fifty men to
attend him, of which number were M. Cavelier,
his brother, and M. Chedeville, both
Priests; two Recollet friars and several vol57
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