Astoria; Or, Anecdotes Of An Enterprise Beyond The Rocky Mountains By Washington Irving


M'Kenzie arrived safely at his deserted post on the Shahaptan,
but found, to his chagrin, that his caches had been - Page 530
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M'Kenzie Arrived Safely At His Deserted Post On The Shahaptan, But Found, To His Chagrin, That His Caches Had Been Discovered And Rifled By The Indians.

Here was a dilemma, for on the stolen goods he had depended to purchase horses of the Indians.

He sent out men in all directions to endeavor to discover the thieves, and despatched Mr. Reed to the posts of Messrs. Clarke and David Stuart, with the letters of Mr. M'Dougal.

The resolution announced in these letters, to break up and depart from Astoria, was condemned by both Clarke and Stuart. These two gentlemen had been very successful at their posts, and considered it rash and pusillanimous to abandon, on the first difficulty, an enterprise of such great cost and ample promise. They made no arrangements, therefore, for leaving the country, but acted with a view to the maintenance of their new and prosperous establishments.

The regular time approached, when the partners of the interior - posts were to rendezvous at the mouth of the Wallah-Wallah, on their way to Astoria, with the peltries they had collected. Mr. Clarke accordingly packed all his furs on twenty-eight horses, and, leaving a clerk and four men to take charge of the post, departed on the 25th of May with the residue of his force.

On the 30th, he arrived at the confluence of the Pavion and Lewis rivers, where he had left his barge and canoes, in the guardianship of the old Pierced-nosed chieftain. That dignitary had acquitted himself more faithfully to his charge than Mr. Clarke had expected, and the canoes were found in very tolerable order.

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