|June 23, 1806
Apprehensive from Drewyer's dely that he had met with some difficulty in
procuring a guide, and also that the two indians who had promised to wait two nights for
us would set out today, we thought it most advisable to dispatch Frazier and Wiser to them
this morning with a vew if possible to detain them a day or two longer; and directed that
in the event of their not being able to detain the indians, that Sergt. Gass, R & J.
Feilds and Wiser should accompany the indians by whatever rout they might take to
travellers rest and blaize the trees well as they proceeded and wait at that place untill
our arrival with the party. the hunters as usual wer dispatched early this morning.
the does now having their fawns the hunters can bleat them up [Bleating
like a fawn to attract the does.] and in that manner kill them with more facility
and ease. the indians pursue the game so much on horseback in this neighbourhood
that it is very shye. our hunters killed 4 deer and a bear today. at [4?]
P.M. Drewyer Shannon and Whitehouse returned. Drewyer brought with him three indians
who had consented to accompany us to the falls of the Missouri for the compensation of two
guns. one of those men is the brother of the cutnose and the other two [Some
Nez Perce accounts say that one was a son of Twisted Hair and one a son of Hohots Ilppilp.
The presentation of horses was made on May 12, 1806.] are the same who presented
Capt. Clark and myself each with a horse on a former occasion at the lodge of the broken
arm. these are all young men of good character and much respected by their nation.
we directed the horses to be brought near camp this evening and secured in such
manner that they may be readily obtained in the morning being determined to make an early
start if possible.-- Colter one of our hunters did not return this evening.
June 23, 1806
Apprehensive from Drewyer & Shannons delay that they had met with Some difficuelty
in precureing a guide, and also that the two indians who had promised to wait two nights
for us would Set out today, we thought it most adviseable to dispatch Wizer & Frazier
to them this morning with a view if possible to detain them a day or two longer; and
directed that in the event of their not being able to detain the indians, that Sergt.
Gass, Jo. & R. Field & Wiser Should accompany the Indians by whatever rout they
might take to travellers rest and blaize the trees well as they proceeded, and wait at
that place untill our arival with the party. the hunters as usial were dispatched
early this morning. The does now haveing their young the hunters can blait them up,
and in that manner kill them with more facility and ease. the indians pursue the
game So much on horse back in this neighbourhood that it is very Shye. our hunters
killed [blank] deer today. at 4 P.M. Shannon Drewyer &
Whitehouse returned. Shannon & Drewyer brought with them three indians who had
consented to accompany us to the falls of the Missouri for the Compensation of 2 guns.
one of those men is the brother of the Cutnose and the other two are the
Same who presented Capt. L. and myself with a horse on a former occasion at the Lodge of
the broken arm, and the two who promised to pursue us in nine nights after we left the
river, or on the 19th inst. Those are all young men of good Charrector and much
respected by their nation. those men infor[med] us that th[e]ir
nation as well as the Wallar-wallars have made peace with the Shoshones agreeable to our
late advice to them. they also inform us that they have heard by means of the
Skeetsomis[h] Nation & Clarks river that the Big bellies of Fort de
Prarie [Atsina Indians; See May 28, 1805.] killed great numbers of the
Shoshons and Otte lee Shoots [The Flatheads (Salish); See September 4,
1805. The name may represent a Flathead term meaning "those down below" (See
September 5, 1805.)] which we met with last fall on the East fork of
Lewis's river and high up the West fork of Clarks river &c.
We directed the horses to be brought near Camp and secured in Such a manner that they
may be readily obtained in the morning being deturmined to make an early Start if
possible--.-- Colter one of our hunters did not return this evening--.
June 23, 1806
a clear pleasant morning. The most of the hunters turned out again a hunting and
killed two deer in the afternoon Drewyer Shannon & Whitehouse returned with the
young chief [The brother of Cut Nose] and 2 other Indians who has engaged
to go over the mountains as guides for us &C. in the afternoon two of the
hunters came in had killed 2 two deer. the Strawburys are pleanty about this
June 23, 1806
We had again a fine morning; and the men went out to hunt. While they were out the two
Indians went on. About 10 o'clock the hunters came in without having killed any thing; and
at noon two men came to our camp with orders for four of us to follow the Indians, if they
were gone, until we should overtake them, and get them to halt if possible, till the party
should come up; but if not, to follow them on and blaze they way after them; as the man
who had gone to inquire for a guide had not returned, and it was not known whether he
would get one or not. The men said they had had good luck at the Cam-mas flat, having
killed ten deer and three bears. I immediately started with three of the men after the
Indians, leaving one to take care of the camp, and the lame horse and some more that were
there. We proceeded on till we came to the creek where we had stayed the 19th and 20th,
and overtook the Indians encamped there, and encamped with them.
They had caught two salmon-trout since they came to this camp; and shortly after we
came one of our men killed a duck; and we remained together during the night