The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 75 of 268
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peared whilst we were at work, but seeing
us advance toward them with our arms in
our hands, they fled.
We returned safe to M. de la Salle, who
was glad to see us, though we had lost one
of the canoes for want of its being well
made fast to the float; but the timber we
brought was a mighty help towards carrying
on his design, and much fitter than what
we had hewed in the wood with so much
labor; so that this timber occasioned the
raising another structure contiguous to the
former. All was covered with planks, and
bullocks' hides over them. The apartments
were divided, and all of them well covered.
The stores had a place apart, and that dwelling
had the name of St. Louis given it, as
well as the neighboring bay.3
The Sieur le Gros, who had remained
aboard the bark La Belle ever since the first
voyage she made to our former habitation,
was carried ashore to the new one; and his
leg still swelling, the surgeon was apprehensive
of a mortification and advised hin
to consent to have it cut off. He did so,
though with regret; the operation was made,
but a fever followed immediately, and he
lived but two days, dying on the feast of
the decollation of St. John Baptist, much
[3 Cf. MARGRY III., I79, I8o.]
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