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The men are determined to reach the French village of La Charette by tomorrow. They ply the oars stopping only to gather pawpaw, the handling of which causes sore eyes among several. After 72 miles, they camp on the Osage River.

Set out this morning a little after day & proceeded on very well the men ply their oares & we decended with great velocity

William Clark

Missouri River near St. Joseph, Kansas

Large river with forested banks

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Saw a green Snake as high up as Salt Rivr on the missouri.

William Clark

Smooth green snake, Opheodrys vernalis

Shiny, green snake

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the limestone bluffs commence below Salt river on S. Side

William Clark

Limestone bluff

Small cliff of white stone

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