The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 59 of 330
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we had left a quantity of grain on passing
down. When we arrived there the chief
came out to meet us. M. de la Salle made
them a present of the scalps we had taken
from the Quinipissas. They had already
heard the news, for they had resolved to
betray and kill us. We went up to their
village; and as we saw no women there, we
had no doubt of their having some evil design.
In a moment we were surrounded
by 1,500 men. They brought us something
to eat, and we ate with our guns in our
hands. As they were afraid of firearms,
they did not dare to attack us. The chief
begged M. de la Salle to go away, as his
young men had not much sense, which we
very willingly did-the game not being
equal, we having only fifty men, French
and savages. We then went on to the
Taencas, and then to the Arkansas, where
we were very well received. From thence
we came to Fort Prudhomme, where M. de
la Salle fell dangerously ill, which obliged
him to send me forward, on the 6th of May,
to arrange his affairs at Missilimakinac. In
passing near the Ouabache, I found four
Iroquois, who told us that there were Ioo
men of their nation coming on after them.
This gave us some alarm. There is no
pleasure in meeting warriors on one's road,
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/59/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.