On the following morning (July 3) the travellers re-embarked, and took a temporary leave of their Indian friends, who intended to proceed immediately for the Arickara town, where they expected to arrive in three days, long before the boats could reach there.
In the course of the day Lisa undertook to tamper with the faith of Pierre Dorion, and, inviting him on board of his boat, regaled him with his favorite whiskey.
"Old Mother Nature's going to get up on her hind legs and howl for all that's in her, and it'll keep us jumping, Hump, to pull through with half our boats
. You'd better run up and loosen the topsails."
"Why, our boat
's gone off!" they replied in an indignant tone.
So when we had hooked ten nets, with ten boats
containing twenty men streaming along behind us, we veered to the left out of the fleet and headed toward Collinsville.
They had not been long put off with the boat
, when we perceived them all coming on shore again; but with this new measure in their conduct, which it seems they consulted together upon, viz.
We certainly had not been, and at that time as certainly we were not, either attended or followed by any boat
. If we had been waited on by any boat
, I should have run in to shore, and have obliged her to go on, or to make her purpose evident.
Some pointed their guns at the boat
, and threatened to fire; others stripped, plunged into the stream, and came swimming across.
At the finish there was not an oar's length between the first and second boat
, with Death coming in a good third on the top of the very next smooth swell, for all one knew to the contrary.
The red light was gone, the shudder was gone, and his gaze, which had come back to the boat
for a moment, travelled away again.
The wall of ice was five feet above the ground on which the boat
The sand lay in billows, and was in places very uneven, so that the boat
rocked dangerously from side to side; but it never quite tipped over, and the speed was so great that the shaggy man himself became frightened and began to wonder how he could make the ship go slower.