The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 74 of 268
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dined, and above thirty died. The loss of
so many men was followed by that of the
master carpenter, who was returning one
evening with me, but happening to step
aside to kill some wild fowl, when I came to
our habitation I found him not, and it was
never known what became of him-an accident
which added to our vexation, for
though he had but little skill at his trade,
yet we stood in need of him.
Notwithstanding all these disappointments,
enough timber was carried, or rather
dragged, to build the house M. de la Salle
designed, and he was himself the architect.
He marked out the lengths, the tenons and
mortices, and made good the defect of the
Workmen,; and, calling to mind that I had
buried several pieces of timber at our first
habitation, which might be of use, he ordered
me to take two canoes and twenty
men to go fetch them in the bark La Belle,
which was with us.
Being come to the place, we found the
natives had discovered our timber, and carried
away some planks to pick out the nails
there were in them, which they value very
much, to point their arrows. We labored
to make a float, loaded the bark La Belle
With the rest of the planks and other effects,
and set out again. Some of the natives ap67
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