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Bratton needs another liniment and flannel treatment for his sore back. Several men are sent to retrieve the elk shot by the hunters yesterday. Shields begins making elk hide bags to keep Clark's papers dry when they leave Fort Clatsop.

Sergt. Pryor and the fishing party not yet arrived, suppose they are detained by the winds.
we set Shields at work to make some sacks of Elk skin to contain various articles.

Meriwether Lewis

Buffalo hide bag

Flat bag made of dark leather

Photo courtesy of Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 1030.

The black and white Duck are Small about the Size of the blue-winged teal, or reather larger.
the mail is butifully varigated with black and white.
the white occupies the Side of the head, breast and back.
black the tail, large feathers of the wing, two tufts of feathers which cover the upper part of the wings when folded, the neck and head.

William Clark

Male bufflehead duck, Bucephala albeola

Small duck large white area on its head, black back, and white lower half

Photo © by unknown photographer. Permission via the Creative Commons 3.0 License.

the female is darker or has much less white about her.

William Clark

Female bufflehead duck, Bucephala albeola

Bufflehead Duck: small duck with a white circle on a jet black head

Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

from the peculiar whistleing of the note of this bird I have called it the whistleing swan

Meriwether Lewis

Tundra swans, Cygnus columbianus subsp. Columbianus

Tundra Swans: several large white birds in a pond

Photo ©2007 Walter Siegmund via the GNU Free Documentation License.