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1805 Journal Entry Archives  June 25 - 28 , 1805
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Portaging around the great falls of the Missouri

June 25, 1805
 " Fields returned and informed me that he had seen two white bear near the river a few miles above and in attempting to get a shoot at them had stumbled upon a third which immediately made at him; in runing in order to escape from the bear he had leaped down a steep bank of the river on a stony bar where he fell cut his hand and bruised his knees and bent his gun. fortunately for him the bank hid him from the bear. This man has been truly unfortunate with these bear.  The party that returned this evening to the lower camp reached it in time to take one canoe on the plain and prepare their baggage for an early start in the morning after which such as were able to shake a foot amused themselves in dancing on the green to the music of the violin which Cruzatte plays extreemly well  Capt. C. somewhat unwell today.  he made Charbono kook for the party against their return.  it is worthy of remark that the winds are sometimes so strong in these plains that the men informed me that they hoisted a sail in the canoe and it had driven her along on the truck wheels.  this  is really sailing on dry land.  "  Lewis

" a fair worm morning.  I feel my self a little unwell with a looseness put out the Stores to dry & Set Chabonah to Cook for the party against their return - he being the only man left on this Side with me.  This countrey has a romantick appearance rive inclosed between high and Steep hills cut to pieces by revines but little timber and that confined to the Rivers & Creek, the Missourie has but a fiew scattering trees on its borders, and only one Solitary Cotton tree in sight of my camp  - Capt. Lewis & the men with him much emplyed with the Iron Boat in fitting it for the water, dispatched one man to George Drewyers Camp below medison river for meat - "  Clark 

June 26, 1805
 " The Musquetoes are extreemly troublesome to us.  This morning early I dispatched J. Fields and Drewyer in one of the canoes up the river to hunt Elk.  Set Frazier at work to sew the skins together for the covering of the boat.   Shields and Gass I sent over the river to surch a small timbered bottom on that side opposite to the Islands for timber and bark; and to myself I assign the duty of cook as well for those present as for the party which I expect again to arrive this evening from the lower camp.  I collected my wood and water, boiled a large quantity of excellent dryed buffaloe meat and made each man a large suet dumpling by way of a treat.  late in the evening the party arrived with two more canoes and another portion of the baggage.  Capt. Clarke measured the rout from the Camp at the Whitebear Islands to the lower camp - 17 3/4 miles."  Lewis

"this morning verry cloudy  the party set out this morning verry early with their loads to the Canoe consisting of Parched meal Pork Powder Lead axes, Tools Bisquit, P. Soup & Some Merchendize & Clothes.  I assort our articles for to be left at this place buried, Kegs of Pork, 1/2 keg of flour, 2 blunderbuts, caterrages a few small lumbersom articles, Capt Lewiss Desk and some books & small articles in it."   Clark

June 27, 1805
 " a bear came within thirty yeards of our camp last night and eat up about thirty weight of buffaloe suit which was hanging on a pole. My dog seems to be in a constant state of alarm with these bear and keeps barking all night."  Lewis

"Something better this morning, I proceed to finish a rough draugh* of the river & distances to leave at this place, the wormest day we have had this year, at 4 oClock the Party returned from the head of the portage  Soon after it began to hail and rain hard and continued for a fiew minits & Ceased for an hour when and began to rain again with a heavy wind**.  I refresh the men with a drink of grog. "  Clark

finish a rough draugh* - It is not clear whether this was a single map or a series like the twenty-nine sheets covering the same territory - the mouth of the Missouri to Fort Mandan - sent to Jefferson from the latter place. 

heavy wind** - Clark's remarks in CODEX I  : " during this emence Storm I was with the greater part of the men on the portage  the men saved themselves, some by getting under a canoe others by putting Sundery articles on their heads  two was kocked down & seven with their legs & thighs much brused."

June 28, 1805
 " The white bear have become so troublesome to us that I do not think it prudent to send one man alone on an errand of any kind.  they come close arround our camp every night by have never yet ventured to attack us and our dog gives us timely notice of their visits, he keeps constantly padroling all night.  I have made the men sleep with their arms by them as usual for fear of accedents."   Lewis

"I dispatch the remaining Canoe with baggage in her to the top of the Hill three miles, imploy some hands in Carrying those things we intend to deposit to the Carsh or hole, Some to repareing one of the trucks.  after covering the Carshe & loading the two Carrges with the remaining part of our baggage we all set out passed the Creek which had rose a little and the water nearly red, and bad tasted, we assended the hill to the place the Canoe lay with great labour, at the Canoe at which place we left some boxes & kegs of Pork & Flour for another load, and proceeded on with the Canoe & what baggage we could draw on the wheels to willow run 6 miles where we Camped ... soon after we halted we had a shower, and at dark we experienced a most dredfull wind form off the Snow Mountains* accomp. with rain which continued at intervales all night. men wet.  I refreshed them with a dram."  Clark

Snow Mountains* - Perhaps the Lewis range of the Rockies, along the Continental Divide

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