The gut-swelling rapids

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October 24, 1805
At this place the water of this great river is compressed into a channel between two rocks not exceeding forty five yards wide and continues for 1/4 of a mile... I determined to pass through this place notwithstanding the horrid appearance of this agitated gut swelling, boiling and whorling in every direction... however, we passed safe to the astonishment of all the Indians of the last lodges who viewed us from the top of the rock. The principal chief from the nation below with several of his men visited us... Peter Crusat played on the violin and the men danced which delighted the natives, who show every civility towards us.
--William Clark


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