a verry hard frost this morning we Continue to build our Cabens, under many disadvantages, Day Cloudy wind from the N W. Several Indians pass with flying news, [NB: reports] we got a 〈Squar〉 White weasel, (Taile excepted which was black at the end)  of an Indian Capt Lewis walked to the hill abt. ¾ of a mile— we are Situated in a point of the Missouri North Side in a Cotton wood Timber, this Timber is tall and heavy Containing an imence quantity of water Brickle & Soft 〈fine〉 food for Horses to winter (as is Said by the Indians)  The Mandans Graze their horses in the day on Grass, and at night give them a Stick [NB: an arm full] of Cotton wood [NB: boughs] to eate, Horses Dogs & people all pass the night in the Same Lodge or round House, Covd. with earth with a fire in the middle 
great number of wild gees pass to the South, flew verry high
Friday 9th Nov. a hard white frost last night. a clear & pleasant morning. we continued building as usal. we expect our hunters Soon as we are in Great want of fresh meat.— a nomber of the natives visits us everry day.