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doquis. They were very unwilling to give
us any, as they had murdered three ambassadors
about four days before who came to
their nation to make peace. However, by
dint of entreaties, and assuring them that
no harm would happen to their people, they
granted me five men, and we got to Cadadoquis
on the 28th.4 At the place where
we were encamped we discovered the trail
of men and horses. The next day some
horsemen came to reconnoitre us, and, after
speaking to the wife of the chief, whom I
brought back with me, carried back the
news. The next day a woman, who governed
this nation, came to visit me with the
principal persons of the village. She wept
over me, demanding revenge for the death
of her husband, and of the husband of the
woman whom I was bringing back, both of
whom had been killed by the Osages. To
take advantage of everything, I promised
that their death should be avenged. We
went together to their temple, and after the
priests had invoked their God for a quarter
of an hour they conducted me to the cabin
of their chief. Before entering they washed
my face with water, which is a ceremony
among them. During the time I was there
[4The report of Tonty's visit reached the
Spaniards under Teran the following year. Cf.
Tex. Hist. Quar. V., I9I.]
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