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“We advanced another five miles, and crossed to the southern side of the actual torrent-bed, whose banks, strewed with a quantity of dead flood-wood entangling the trees, and whose flaky clays, cracked to the shape of slabs and often curling into tubes of natural pottery, show that at times the Hismá must discharge furious torrents.”
“The river was too shallow and narrow, in the first reaches of its course, to offer easy passage for the heavy boats, and for some distance the stream was clogged with flood-wood and fallen trees.”
“Here they lay encamped some little time, finding the river too much encumbered with flood-wood to allow their boats to pass.”
“We found them in the same flood-wood with the boat, and they appeared as if they were thrown out of the canoe when it struck.”
“And our adventurers now found that masses of tangled trees, mill-logs, and all sorts of flood-wood, were driving so strongly and thickly up this channel that it would be in vain for them to attempt to proceed in that direction.”
“Hurry, after looking carefully along the whole of the eastern shore, which was about a mile distant, and open to his scrutiny for more than half its length; "for he has taken to trapping considerable, of late, and, barring flood-wood, he might drop down it a mile or so; though he would have a most scratching time in getting back again!”
“The vessel in which Cap and his niece had embarked for their long and adventurous journey was one of the canoes of bark which the Indians are in the habit of constructing, and which, by their exceeding lightness and the ease with which they are propelled, are admirably adapted to a navigation in which shoals, flood-wood, and other similar obstructions so often occur.”
“In this muster there were three or four companies, well equipped; but the major part of the men were what they call here _flood-wood_, that is, of all sizes and heights -- a term suggested by the pieces of wood borne down by the freshets of the river, and which are of all sorts, sizes, and lengths.”
“Nay, nay, you will go in the canoe, and the Oswego has been cleared of its flood-wood by the troops.”
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