|April 15, 1806
... purchase some horses of the Indians; ... the natives were unwilling to barter, ...
continued up it about four miles to another village of the same nation with whom we
remained last night. here we halted and informed the natives of our wish to purchase
horses; the[y] produced us several for sale but would not take the articles which we had
in exchange for them. they wanted an instrument which the Northwest traders call an
eye-dag (a sort of war hatchet) which we had not.
... procured two dogs of them and departed.
April 15, 1806
The morning was fair. The Commanding Officers attempted to purchase some horses, but
could not agree with the Indians on the price; se we proceeded on about 4 miles to another
village, at the mouth of the Catarack river. Here we got some Shap-e-leel, a kind of bread
the natives make of roots, and bake in the sun; and which is strong and palatable. Here
another trial was made to get some horses, but without success; and we again proceeded on;
passed a place where there was a village in good order last fall when we went down; but
has been lately torn down, and again erected at a short distance from the old ground where
it formerly stood. The reason of this removeal I cannot conjecture, unless to avoid the
fleas, which are more numerous in this country than any insects I ever saw.
About three o'clock in the afternoon we came to Rock Camp, where we stayed two days as
we went down. some hunters went out in the evening and killed a deer.
April 15, 1806
a clear pleasant morning. we delayed untill after breakfast for to See if the
natives would Sell us any horses but they did not incline to Sell any without beeds which
we have not go So we departed. Capt. Lewis & Clark went on a small gigh Island [The
Corp's Sepulcher Island, now Lower Memaloose Island] to see a large burying
ground they Saw Seven large Sepulchers made of wood in a Square form and by
appearence is nearly a hundred persons piled in one on another with their robes Sowed
round them, and all their heads down the River. we proceed. from thence to a village
at the mouth of the [blank] River [Klickitat River] on
the N. Side where we halted expecting to purchase Some horses as the natives have a number
at this place, but they wanted beeds also and Sign to us that they hunt and go to wa[r]
with their horses &C. we purchased only one dog, and proceed. on passed
several more Small villages along the North Side. about 3 P.M. we crossed over to
the South Side and arived at rock Camp where we Camped on the 25th & 26th of Oct.
last. we went up the creek little above and Camped [Fort Rock camp of
October 25-28, 1805] under high clift of rocks in order to lay here tomorrow
& See if any horses can be purchased about the narrows or falls the plains are
green & pleasant Saw a number of horses feeding in it which are in good order as
they have been wintered below in the narrow bottoms where the rushes abound &C.
we are Camped where has been an ancient large village only the cellers now to
be Seen. George Drewyer killed a deer this evening. a number of the natives visited