_Tuesday, 18._–At four this morning I equipped all the Indians for an
hunting excursion, and sent them onward, as our stock of provision was
nearly exhausted. We followed at half past six, and crossed over to the
North shore, where the land is low and scarcely visible in the horizon.
It was near twelve when we arrived. I now got an observation, when it
was 61. 33. North latitude. We were near five miles to the North of the
main channel of the river. The fresh tracks and beds of buffaloes were
Near this place a river flowed in from the Horn Mountains, which are at
no great distance. We landed at five in the afternoon, and before the
canoe was unloaded, the English chief arrived with the tongue of a cow,
or female buffalo, when four men and the Indians were despatched for the
flesh; but they did not return till it was dark. They informed me, that
they had seen several human tracks in the sand on the opposite island.
The fine weather continued without interruption.