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ADVENTURES

OF

CAPTAIN BONNEVILLE.

CHAPTER I.

MEETING

WITH HODGKISS-MISFORTUNES OF THE NEZ PERCESSCHEMES OF KOSATO, THE RENEGADO-HIS FORAY INTO THE HORSE PRAIRIE-INVASION OF BLACKFEET-BLUE JOHN, AND HIS FORLORN HOPE THEIR GENEROUS ENTERPRISE-THEIR FATE-CONSTERNATION AND DESPAIR OF THE VILLAGE-SOLEMN OBSEQUIES -ATTEMPT AT INDIAN TRADE- HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY'S MONOPOLY-ARRANGEMENTS FOR AUTUMN-BREAKING UP OF AN

ENCAMPMENT.

HAVING now a pretty strong party, well armed and equipped, Captain Bonneville no longer felt the necessity of fortifying himself in the secret places and fastnesses of the moun

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KOSATO'S BAND OF BRAVES.

tains; but sallied forth boldly into the Snake river plain, in search of his clerk, Hodgkiss, who had remained with the Nez Percés. He found him on the 24th of June, and learnt from him another chapter of misfortunes which had recently befallen that ill-fated race.

After the departure of Captain Bonneville, in March, Kosato, the renegade Blackfoot, had recovered from the wound received in battle; and with his strength revived all his deadly hostility to his native tribe. He now resumed his efforts to stir up the Nez Percés to reprisals upon their old enemies; reminding them incessantly of all the outrages and robberies they had recently experienced, and assuring them that such would continue to be their lot, until they proved themselves men by some signal retaliation.

The impassioned eloquence of the desperado, at length produced an effect; and a band of

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