January 25, 1805
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January 25, 1805


we are informed of the arrival of a Band of Asniboins at the Villages with the Grand Cheif of those Tribes call the (Fee de petite veau) [NB: Fils de Petit Veau ] [1] to trade, one of our interpeter & one man Set out to the Big Belley Camp opposit the Island    men employ'd in Cutting the Boat out of the ice, and Collecting Coal wood.


Friday 25th Jany.    clear & cold this morning.    the men generally employed at cutting and Splitting coal wood & Setting up the pit &.C.


Friday 25th.    All hands were employed in cutting away the ice, which we find a tedious business.

1. Fils de Petit Veau would be French for "Son of the Little Calf." Clark calls him "Grand Chief of those Tribes"—that is, the Assinniboines. Larocque, who gives his name as Petit Vieux, does not indicate that his status was so exalted. Wood & Thiessen, 146, 150. (back)