The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 35 of 330
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he wished that all the men had come with
me in order that he might proceed to the
Illinois. I therefore retraced my way to
find them, but the violence of the wind
forced me to land, and our canoe was upset
by the violence of the waves. It was, however,
saved, but everything that was in it
was lost, and for want of provisions we
lived for three days on acorns. I sent word
of what had happened to M. de la Salle,
and he directed me to join him. I went
back in my little canoe, and as soon as I
arrived we ascended 25 leagues, as far as
the portage, where the men whom I had
left behind joined us. We made the portage,
which extends about two leagues, and
came to the source of the Illinois River.
We embarked there, and ascending [descending]
the river for Ioo leagues, arrived
at a village of the savages. They were absent
hunting, and as we had no provisions
we opened some caches3 of Indian corn.
During this journey some of our Frenchmen
were so fatigued that they determined
"'The term cache, meaning a place of concealment,
was originally used by the French Canadian
trappers and traders. It is made by digging a
hole in the ground, somewhat in the shape of a
jug, which is lined with dry sticks, grass, or anything
else that will protect its contents from the
dampness of the earth. In this place the goods to
be concealed are carefully stowed away."Gregg's
Commerce of the Prairies, vol. I., p. 68.
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