Lewis and Clark (Great Explorers) by Samuel Willard Crompton
By Samuel Willard Crompton
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His last words are given as “I am going away . . ” The Corps of Discovery buried Floyd on a bluff, half a mile below a river to which they gave his name. ” Not all members of the group did their service as well or as willingly as Floyd. Just days before Floyd’s death, Lewis and Clark had sentenced one man to 50 lashes for desertion and another man to 100 lashes for allowing the desertion to take place. The First Meetings At about the time that the expedition lost Sergeant Floyd (whose rank was given to Private Gass), the Corps of Discovery started to meet large numbers of American Indians.
Old Toby guided the Corps of Discovery northward, into the Bitterroot Valley, on the modern border of Montana and Idaho. The Shoshone guide knew the region well, but the maps that he drew and the remarks that he made did not always comfort the captains. Old Toby seemed certain that the corps would get through the mountains in a matter of days. All the travelers saw, however, were towering peaks covered with snow. On September 4, 1805, Lewis and Clark met a large group of Nez Perce (“Pierced Nose”) Indians.
There seemed to be no end to them, and they were covered with snow. All the way from Fort Mandan, the Corps of Discovery had battled wind and sand that blew into the men’s eyes. Now, as Lewis surveyed the mountains, he came up with what he believed to be the answer. W. e. that the air coming in contact with the snow is suddenly chilled and condensed, thus becoming heavier than the air beneath in the plains. Rivers, Mountains, and Bears Lewis’s theory lacked some elements of the scientific truth, but it was amazingly accurate for the time.