The Prospect Of Going On By Land Is More Pleasant,
For There Are Great Numbers Of Horses Feeding In Every Direction Round
The Camp, Which Will Enable Us To Transport Our Stores, If Necessary,
Over The Mountains."
While Captain Lewis was thus engaged, his companions in the canoes were
slowly and laboriously ascending the river on the
Other side of the divide.
The character of the stream was much as it had been for several days,
and the men were in the water three-fourths of the time, dragging the boats
over the shoals. They had but little success in killing game, but caught,
as they had done for some days before, numbers of fine trout.
"August 14. In order to give time for the boats to reach
the forks of Jefferson River," proceeds the narrative,
"Captain Lewis determined to remain where he was, and obtain
all the information he could collect in regard to the country.
Having nothing to eat but a little flour and parched meal,
with the berries of the Indians, he sent out Drewyer and Shields,
who borrowed horses from the natives, to hunt for a few hours.
About the same time the young warriors set out for the same purpose.
There are but few elk or black tailed deer in this neighborhood;
and as the common red deer secrete themselves in the bushes
when alarmed, they are soon safe from the arrows, which are but feeble
weapons against any animals which the huntsmen cannot previously
run down with their horses.
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