The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 82 of 268
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anchoring places of the coasts round about,
to know how near the bark La Belle might
come. To that purpose he sent the pilot
With five of the best men to sound.
The pilot did as he was ordered; he
Sounded and observed the proper places to
come near several coasts. At night he and
his men being in all likelihood tired, they
thought fit to go ashore and lie upon the
land. They made a fire, perhaps to dress
Some meat, but, neglecting to stand upon
their guard, they were surprised and all six
of them killed by the savages, who also
broke their canoes, and thus avenged themselves
for the irruption M. de la Salle had
lately made among them.
More time being elapsed than M. de la
Salle had allotted those men to return, he
grew uneasy and went himself along the
coast to see if any news could be had of
them, and, keeping along the shore, he
found the sad remains of those unfortunate
Wretches, whose carcasses, scattered about,
Were torn and almost devoured by wolves
or wild dogs, a spectacle which went to his
However, this loss, which afflicted him,
and particularly for the sake of the pilot,
who was an able man, did not quite cast
him down; but, exerting himself against his
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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/m1/82/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .