The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 66 of 268
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left on the spot, seven or eight of whom,
detached from the rest, being busy at that
Work, and seeing a number of the natives,
fled, and unadvisedly left their tools behind
them. M. de la Salle, returning thither,
found a paper made fast to a reed, which
gave him notice of the accident, which he
was concerned at because of the tools, not
so much for the value of the loss as because
it was furnishing the natives with such
things as they might afterwards make use
of against us.
About the beginning of April we were
alaried by a vessel which appeared at sea,
near enough to discern the sails, and we
SUtProsed they might be Spaniards who had
hea^d of our coming and were ranging the
coast to find us out. That made us stand
UPon our guard, to keep within the fort, and
see that our arms were fit for service. We
afterwards saw two men in that vessel, who,
lnstead of coming to us, went towards the
other point, and by that means passed on
Without perceiving us.2
Having one day observed that the water
Worked and bubbled up, and afterwards perceiving
it was occasioned by the fish skipPing
from place to place, I caused a net to
['MAtRGRY III., 167, mentions a Spanish vessel
omf Panuco or the Madeline River.
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