Gass's Journal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

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A.C. McClurg & Company, 1904 - Columbia River - 298 pages
Patrick Gass joined the Lewis and Clark expedition as a private in the army, but after the death of another member due to appendicitis, he was quickly promoted to sergeant. By the end, he was given command of the party when Lewis and Clark were both away on separate explorations. His skills as a carpenter were valuable for the expedition, and he proved himself to be an honorable soldier throughout. Although he lived to be nearly 100, this journal only covers the time spent on the expedition.?

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Page 153 - We stayed here during the whole of this day, which was very pleasant, and repaired our canoe. In the evening we got her completed and all the baggage dry. Here our old Snake guide deserted and took his son with him. I suspect he was afraid of being cast away passing the rapids. At dark one of the squaws, who keep about us, took a crazy fit, and cut her arms from the wrists to the shoulders, with a flint ; and the natives had great trouble and difficulty in getting her pacified. We have some Frenchmen,...
Page 159 - The more I heard of the river, the more I was convinced it could not empty itself into the ocean to the North of what is called the river of the West, so that with its windings, the distance must be very great.
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Page 72 - ... incidents occur, it may not be inconsistent with good policy to keep the Journal of as small and portable a size as circumstances will make practicable. It may be observed generally that chastity is not very highly esteemed by these people, and that the severe and loathsome effects of certain Frencb principles are not uncommon among them.
Page 89 - We have now got into a country which presents little to our view, but scenes of barrenness and desolation; and see no encouraging prospects that it will terminate. Having proceeded (by the course of this river) about two thousand three hundred miles, it may therefore not be improper to make two or three general observations respecting the country we have passed . . . From the...
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Page 39 - ... formed in a solid column round the fire, with sticks in their hands, and the scalps of the Mahas they had killed, tied on them. They kept moving, or jumping round the fire, rising and falling on both feet at once; keeping a continual noise, singing and yelling. In this manner they continued till 1 o'clock at night, when we returned to the boat with two of the chiefs.

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