An accident on the river

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April 13, 1805
The wind was in our favor after 9 a.m. … until about 2 in the afternoon when a sudden squall of wind struck us and turned the pirogue so much on the side as to alarm Sharbono who was steering at the time. This accident was very near costing us dearly… we had embarked on board of it our instruments, papers, medicine and the most valuable part of the merchandise which we had still in reserve as presents for the Indians.

We saw also many tracks of the white bear of enormous size… The Indians give a very formidable account of the strength and ferocity of this animal, which they never dare to attack but in parties of six, eight or ten persons...
--Meriwether Lewis.


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