The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 44 of 330
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was greatly grieved at it. Towards evening
we made a great fire, hoping that perhaps
he might return; and we went over
to the other side of the river, where we kept
a good lookout. Towards midnight we
saw a man at a distance, and then many
others. The next day we crossed over the
river to look for our crew, and after waiting
till noon we embarked and reached the
Lake Illinois by short journeys, always hoping
to meet with the good father. After
having sailed on the lake as far as La Touissant
we were wrecked, twenty Jeagues
from the village of Poutouatamis. Our provisions
failing us, I left a man to take care
of our things and went off by land; but as
I had a fever constantly on me and my legs
were swollen, we did not arrive at this village
till St. Martin's day (November xi,
1680). During this journey we lived on
wild garlick, which we were obliged to grub
up from under the snow. Vhen we arrived
we found no savages; they were gone to
their winter quarters. We were obliged to
go to the places they had left, where we obtained
hardly as much as two handfuls of
Indian corn a day, and some frozen gourds
which we piled up in a cabin at the water's
side. Whilst we were gleaning, a Frenchman
whom we had left at the cache, came
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6104/m1/44/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.