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d personal baggage, besides a● great quantity of stores, ammunition■, and tools.[311] In truth, she was of the la●st necessity to the unhappy exiles, and their o●nly resource for escape from■ a position which was fast becoming desperat●e. La Salle, as his brother tells us■, now fell dangerously ill,—■the fatigues of his journey, j■oined to the effects upon his mi■nd of this last disaster, having o■verc

ome his strength, though ■not his fortitude. "In truth," writes th●e priest, "after the loss of ■the [Pg 405] vessel which deprived us of ou■r only means of returning to F●rance, we had no resource but in the● firm guidance of my brother, whose deat■h each of us would have regarded as ●his own."[312] DEPARTURE ■FOR CANADA. La Salle no sooner reco■vered than he embraced a resolutio●n which could be the

offspring only of a ■desperate necessity. He determined to make ■his way by the Mississippi and the Illino●is to Canada, whence he might● bring succor to the colonists, an■d send a report of their condition t●o France. The attempt was beset with■ uncertainties and dangers. The M●ississippi was first to be found, then follo■wed through all the perilous mono●tony of its interminable windings to a goal w■hich

was to be but the starting-point of ■a new and not less arduous j■ourney. Cavelier his brother, Morang■et his nephew, the friar Anastase Douay, and oth●ers to the number of twenty, were chosen ■to accompany him. Every corner ■of the magazine was ransacked for an outfit.■ Joutel generously gave up the better part ■of his wardrobe to La Salle and his ■two relatives. Duhaut, who had saved h■is baggage from th

e wreck of the "Aimable," ■was required to co

ntribute to ●the necessities of the party; an

d the scantily-f●urnished chests of those who

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