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The morning proved fair and I determined to remain all day and dry the baggage and give the men an opportunity to dry and air their skins and furr. had the powder parched meal and every article which wanted drying exposed to the sun. the day proved warm fair and favourable for our purpose. I permitted the Fieldses to go on a few miles to hunt. by evening we had dryed our baggage and repacked it in readiness to load and set out early in the morning. the river fell 18 inches since yesterday evening. the hunters killed several deer in the course of the day. nothing remarkable took place today. we are all extreemly anxious to reach the entrance of the Yellowstone river where we expect to join Capt. Clark and party.
Musquetors very troublesom this morning I Set out early river wide and very much divided by islands and Sand and Mud bars. the bottoms more extencive and contain more timber Such as Cotton wood ash willow &c. The Country on the N W. Side rises to a low plain and extends leavel for great extent. Some high rugid hills in the forepart of this day on the S E. Side on which I saw the big horns but could not get near them. Saw emence numbers of Elk Buffalow and wolves to day. the wolves do catch the elk. I saw 2 wolves in pursute of doe Elk which I beleive they Cought they very near her when She entered a Small wood in which I expect they cought her as She did not pass out of the small wood during my remaining in view of it which was 15 or 20 minits &c. passed the enterance of Several brooks on each Side,  a Small river 30 yds wide with Steep banks on the Stard. Side, which I call Ibex River  the river in this days decent is less rapid crouded with Islds and muddy bars and is generally about one mile in wedth. as the islands and bars frequently hide the enterance of Brooks &c. from me as I pass'd maney of them I have not noticed. about 8 A. M this morning a Bear of the large vicious  Species being on a Sand bar raised himself up on his hind feet and looked at us as we passed down near the middle of the river. he plunged into the water and Swam towards us, either from a disposition to attack't or from the Cent of the meat which was in the Canoes. we Shot him with three balls and he returned to Shore badly wounded. in the evening I saw a very large Bear take the water above us. I ordered the boat to land on the opposit Side with a view to attack't him when he Came within Shot of the Shore. 〈I let swim〉 when the bear was in a fiew paces of the Shore I Shot it in the head. the men hauled her on Shore and proved to be an old Shee which was so old that her tuskes had worn Smooth, and Much the largest feemale bear I ever Saw. after taking off her Skin, I proceeded on and encampd  a little above the enterance of Jo: Feilds Creek on Stard. Side in a high bottom Covered with low Ash and elm. the Musquetors excessively troublesom.
I have noticed a great preportion Buck Elks on this lower part of the river, and but very few above. those above which are emencely noumerous are females Generally. Shields killed a Deer this morning dureing the time we were at Brackfast. we were very near being detained by the Buffalow today which were Crossing the river we got through the line between 2 gangues.
Saturday 2nd August 1806. a fair morning. the two Fields Sent on a head to hunt. we delayed to dry our baggage. the day warm. Some of the men dressed deer Skins, &C.
Saturday 2nd. This was a fine clear morning, and Captain Lewis thought it best to stay here to day also, and dry all our baggage, as it was become damp and wet. Two hunters  were sent on in a canoe to hunt; and in the course of the day we got every thing dry and ready to set out the next morning.
1. The meaning of the asterisk is unknown. (Return to text.)
2. Including Burns, Lone Tree Shadwell, Fox, O'Brien, and Bennie Peer creeks, few of which appear on Atlas maps 112 and 122. (Return to text.)
3. "Ibex" may have been written in later; the name refers to the bighorn sheep. On Atlas map 112 it seems likely that the name "Ibex river" was also written in later, the earlier name being "Jo. F. Creek River." In the draft courses "Jo Feilds" is crossed out. Clark must at first have thought the stream to be the Joseph Fields Creek of Atlas maps 48 and 56 (see April 26, 1805), present Charbonneau Creek in McKenzie County, North Dakota, indicating that he thought himself much nearer the mouth of the Yellowstone than was the case. Ibex River is apparently Smith Creek in Richland County, Montana, reaching the Yellowstone near present Savage on the opposite side. Atlas map 122. (Return to text.)
4. Apparently the "v" was written over an "f," "ferocioius" being the word Clark perhaps first intended. There is no doubt that the animal was a grizzly. (Return to text.)
5. Clark camped just above the mouth of Charbonneau Creek in McKenzie County; the site is shown on Atlas map 56. (Return to text.)
6. There is some red underlining of words in this table; it is not repeated here. (Return to text.)
7. Burns Creek in Richland County, meeting the Yellowstone from the west about a mile north of the Wibaux County line. This is the "Samuels Creek" of Atlas maps 112 and 122. "Samuel" may have been the same person for whom Point Samuel in Oregon was named on November 26, 1805. Coues (HLC), 2:721 n. 3, speculates, without evidence, that he may have been Samuel Lewis, copyist for Clark's map of 1814 (Atlas map 126), whom he further theorizes to have been a relative of Meriwether Lewis. (Return to text.)
8. The lower "Buffalow Crossings" on Atlas maps 112 and 122, in Richland County, some eight miles southwest of present Sidney. (Return to text.)
9. This is a sandstone in the Tongue River Member of the Fort Union Formation at the mouth of Horse Creek, McKenzie County, North dakota. (Return to text.)
10. The Field brothers, as Lewis and Ordway indicate. (Return to text.)
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