_Wednesday, 19._–The Indians were again sent forward in pursuit of
game; and some time being employed in gumming the canoe, we did not
embark till half past five, and at nine we landed to wait the return of
the hunters. I here found the variation of the compass to be about
twenty degrees East.
The people made themselves paddles and repaired the canoe. It is an
extraordinary circumstance for which I do not pretend to account, that
there is some peculiar quality in the water of this river, which
corrodes wood, from the destructive effect it had on the paddles. The
hunters arrived at a late hour, without having seen any large animals.
Their booty consisted only of three swans and as many geese. The women
were employed in gathering cranberries and crowberries, which were found
in great abundance.