|April 30, 1806
we purchased ... several dogs.
(Chopunnish) ... this man has a daughter new arrived at the age of puberty, who being
in a certain situation [mences] is not permitted to ascociate with the family but sleeps
at a distance from her father's camp and when traveling follows at some distance behind.
in this state I am informed that the female is not permitted to eat, nor to touch any
article of a culinary nature or manly occupation. ... took leave of these friendly honest
people the Wollahwollahs ...
these people will not eat the dog but feast heartily on the otter which is vastly
inferior in my estimation, ... our stock of horses has now encresed to 23 and most of them
excellent young horses, but much the greater portion of them have soar backs. these
indians are cruell horse-masters; they ride hard, and their saddles are so illy
constructed that they cannot avoid wounding the backs of their horses; but reguardless of
this they ride them when the backs of those poor annimals are in a horrid condition.
April 30, 1806
chilley and cold. the men went out for their horses an Indian brought a
woman to Capt Clark which [was] diseased. had not the use of hir limbs.
he brought a fine horse and gave Capt Clark for doctering hir he gave
meddicine and told them how to apply it &C. Capt. Clark gave the Indian a white Shirt
which pleased him verry much. about 11 A.M we got ourhorses up by the assistance of the
Indians and Set out. proceeded on over Smooth barron Sandy plains not a tree
nor Shrub to be seen except a weed or Shrub like wild hysop [Big sagebrush]
which is common. the natives use it when dry for fires to cook with &C. the
Indian name of it is cum-cum [Nez Perce, qemqem]. we came about 16
miles and Camped on the wals-wal river, [They camped on an affluent of the Walla
Walla River, the Touchet River] which has narrow bottoms partly covred with Small
timber 2 or 3 men went out hunting, one of them killed a large beaver and an otter.
Several of the horses chokd. by eating Some kind of a weed in this bottom, but they got
over it after a while.--
April 30, 1806
This was a cloudy morning, and we stayed here till about 11 o'clock to collect our
horses, and got two more; and have now altogether twenty-three horses. We then set out
from Wal-la-wal-la river and nation; proceeded on about fourteen miles through an
extensive plain, when we struck a branch of the Wal-la-wal-la river, and halted for the
night. We saw no animals or birds of any kind, except two pheasants, one of which Capt.
Clarke killed. The whole of this plain is of a sandy surface and affords but thin grass,
with some branches of shrubs which resemble sage or hyssop. On the south side of this
branch the soil is of earth and rich, covered with grass, and very handsome. We are still
accompanied by several of the natives.