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Entries For December 18:
Captain Clark (current)
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The thermometer the same as last night. Messrs. Heney and Larocque left us for the Gros Ventres' camp. Sent out seven men to hunt for the buffalo. They found the weather too cold, and returned. Several Indians same who had set out with a view to kill buffalo. The river rose a little. I employ myself making a small map of connection, &c. Sent Jussome to the main chief of the Mandans to know the cause of his detaining or taking a horse of Charbonneau's, our Big Belly interpreter, which, we found, was through the rascality of one LaFrance, a trader from the N.W. Company, who told this chief that Charbonneau owed him a horse - to go and take him. He did so, agreeable to an Indian custom. He gave up the horse.
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