The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 68 of 268
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good food. Providence also showed us that
there was salt, made by the sun, upon several
little salt water pools there were in diVers
places, for, having observed that there
grew on them a sort of white substance, like
the cream upon milk, I took care every day
to send and fetch that scum off, which
proved to be a very white and good salt,
Whereof I gathered a quantity, and it did
us good service.
Some of our hunters having seen a parcel
of wild goats running as if they were
frighted, judged they were pursued by the
Indians, and came for refuge to the fort
and to give me notice. Accordingly some
time after we discovered a parcel of natives,
Who came and posted themselves on an eminence,
within cannon shot; some of them
drew off from the rest and approached the
fort by way of the downs. I caused our
men immediately to handle their arms, and
wet blankets to be laid on our huts, to preVent
their being burnt by the fire the savages
sometimes shoot with their arrows. All
this time those who had separated themselves
from the rest, being three in number,
Still drew nearer, making signs for us to
go to them, but M. de la Salle had forbidden
me having any commerce with them; however,
since they had neither bows nor ar
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6103/m1/68/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .