Louis in May,in a small canoe, from the head waters of the Missouri, a distance of three thousand miles, which he traversed in thirty days. He had now arrived within a mile of the river, when he distinctly heard the appalling sound of footsteps behind him, and every instant expected to feel the spear of his pursuer.
Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, footnote. Again he turned his head, and saw the savage not twenty yards from him. On-line editionhttp: University of Illinois Press,2: Louiswhen the trader was attacked by Edward Rose.
Every moment of this time was improved by Colter, who, although fainting and exhausted, succeeded in gaining the skirting of the cotton wood trees, on the borders of the fork, through which he ran, and plunged into the river.
That was a fitting coincidence, inasmuch as, among the hunters in the Corps of Discovery, Colter was one of the few who deserved to be remembered as a genuine "Boone. Nevertheless, it helped to place the event in the mainstream of American legend, where it remains to this day one of the most oft-repeated tales in Western folklore.
Citadel Press, On the arrival of the party on the head waters of the Missouri, Colter, observing an appearance of abundance of beaver being there, he got permission to remain and hunt for some time, which he did in company with a man of the name of Dixon.
In horrible suspense he remained until night, when hearing no more of the Indians, he dived from under the raft, and swam silently down the river to a considerable distance, when he landed, and travelled all night. The distance must have been more than miles.
Tragically, he died after a short unspecified illness on the seventh of May. They made it to the Yellowstone country, but the three-way partnership lasted only six weeks before Hancock and Colter together parted from Dickson.
He dived under the raft, and after several efforts, got his head above water amongst the trunks of trees, covered over with smaller wood to the depth of several feet. He knew that he had now to run for his life, with the dreadful odds of five or six hundred against him, and those armed Indians; therefore cunningly replied that he was a very bad runner, although he was considered by the hunters as remarkably swift.
At that instant the horrid war whoop sounded in the ears of poor Colter, who, urged with the hope of preserving life, ran with a speed at which he was himself surprised. Determined if possible to avoid the expected blow, he suddenly stopped, turned round, and spread out his arms.
Cautious but not fearful about the Blackfeet, they hid themselves and their gear during daylight hours, setting their traps after dark each day and pulling them out the following morning—a convenient plan, since beaver are nocturnal animals anyway.
The company at the Fort did not recognize him in this dismal plight until he had made himself known. The second, which appeared on 13 Julyincluded Dr. He met about Crows and some visiting Flatheads, and had begun leading them back to Fort Raymond when they all were attacked by about Blackfeet.
Although happy in having escaped from the Indians, his situation was still dreadful: The three men turned back up the Missouri on August If he covered it in seven days, he had to average more than 30 miles per day. Colter instantly snatched up the pointed part, with which he pinned him to the earth, and then continued his flight.
However, upon his return to St. They were first inclined to set him up as a mark to shoot at; but the chief interfered, and seizing him by the shoulder, asked him if he could run fast?
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