Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean: Performed by Order of the Government of the United States, in the Years 1804, 1805, and 1806, Volume 1

Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1815

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Pagina 61 - ... was extreme; they burnt their village, and many of them put to death their wives and children, to save them from so cruel an affliction, and that all might go together to some better country.
Pagina 3 - Indian presents, distributed in the same manner, and composed of richly laced coats and other articles of dress, medals, flags, knives, and tomahawks for the chiefs — ornaments of different kinds, particularly beads, lookingglasses, handkerchiefs, paints, and generally such articles as were deemed best calculated for the taste of the Indians. The party was to embark on board of three boats: the first was a...
Pagina 278 - Lewis and pursued him seventy or eighty yards, but being badly wounded he could not run so fast as to prevent him from reloading his piece, which he again aimed at him, and a third shot from the hunter brought him to the ground ; he was a male, not quite full grown, and weighed about three hundred pounds ; the legs are somewhat longer than those of the black bear, and the talons and tusks much larger and longer.
Pagina 234 - Borgne was very much surprised at his appearance, examined him closely, and spit on his finger and rubbed the skin in order to wash off the paint ; nor was it until the negro uncovered his head, and showed his short hair, that the Borgne could be persuaded that he was not a painted white man.
Pagina 178 - Sioux, united into one village, and moved up the river opposite to the Ricaras. The same causes reduced the remaining seven to five villages, till at length they emigrated in a body to the Ricara nation, where they formed themselves into two villages, and joined those of their countrymen who had gone before them. In their new residence they were still insecure, and at length the three villages ascended the Missouri to their present position. The two who had emigrated together...
Pagina 366 - ... and at full speed, upon him. Captain Lewis ran about eighty yards, but finding that the animal gained on him fast, it flashed on his mind that by getting into the water to such a depth that the bear would be obliged to attack him swimming, there was still some chance of his life ; he, therefore, turned short, plunged into the river about waist deep, and facing about, presented the point of his espontoon. The bear arrived at the water's edge within twenty feet of him, but as soon as he put himself...
Pagina 140 - ... in fact disgusted them. Supposing that it was as agreeable to them as to the other Indians, we had at first offered them whiskey ; but they refused it with this sensible remark, that they were surprised that their father should present to them a liquor which would make them fools.
Pagina 117 - ... the centre, when the rattles were shaken, and they all shouted and returned back to their places. They have no step, but shuffle along the ground ; nor does the music appear to be anything more than a confusion of noises, distinguished only by hard or gentle blows upon the buffaloe skin ; the song is perfectly extemporaneous. In the pauses of the dance any...
Pagina 280 - ... crouch down, and if the antelope be frightened at first, repeat the same manoeuvre, and sometimes relieve each other, till they decoy it from the party, when they seize it. But generally the wolves take them as they are crossing the rivers, for, although swift of foot, they are not good swimmers.
Pagina 300 - ... the hunter, till at last he pursued two of them so closely that they threw aside their guns and pouches and jumped down a perpendicular bank of twenty feet into the river ; the bear sprang after them, and was within a few feet - of the hindmost when one of the hunters on shore shot him in the head and finally killed him; they dragged him to the shore, and found that eight balls had passed through him in different directions ; the bear was old and the meat tough, so that they took the skin only,...

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