The Bird-Woman of the Lewis and Clark Expedition eBook

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This was in August. 
Captain Lewis had been shot by one of his best men. 
The man thought that Captain Lewis was an elk, because his clothes were
The man was very sorry for having shot him. 
Captain Lewis soon got well. 
The soldiers were happy to be together again. 
They forgot their troubles. 
They went down the Missouri, singing.

[Illustration:  The white-fronted goose as drawn by captain Lewis in his journal]

They were glad they had gone West. 
They had taken the country for the Americans. 
They had made friends with the Indians. 
They knew where food could be found. 
They knew about the animals and plants. 
Now other people could find the way from the maps the captains had made.

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Sacajawea’s husband would not go to the captains’ home. 
He wanted to live with the Mandans.

[Illustration:  A Mandan earth Lodge]

So Sacajawea had to say good-bye to the soldiers. 
The captains gave her husband five hundred dollars. 
They did not give Sacajawea any money. 
In those days, people did not think of paying women. 
All the party were sorry to leave Sacajawea and the baby. 
Sacajawea was sorry to stay behind. 
She stood on the bank of the river watching the soldiers as long as she
could see them. 
The soldiers went down the Missouri to its mouth. 
When they saw the village there, they fired off all their guns. 
The people came out to see them and cheered that they were home again.

Cen ten nial     Port land     Or e gon
for est ry       build ing     not ed
fair      hon or     stat ue   suc cess


The American people have always been glad that Lewis and Clark made this long, hard journey.  That was just one hundred years ago.  In this year of 1905, the American people are holding a centennial fair in honor of the Lewis and Clark journey.  The Fair is at Portland, Oregon, because Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean in Oregon.  At the Fair, there is a statue of Sacajawea and her baby.  This statue is put there because Lewis and Clark wrote in their books:  “The wonderful Bird-Woman did a full man’s share to make the trip a success, besides taking care of her baby.  She was one of the best of mothers.”  Some day, you can read these books for yourself, and learn more about Sacajawea and Captains Lewis and Clark.

[Illustration:  The forestry building, Lewis and Clark centennial]

The forestry building is made from the large trees for which Oregon is noted.  Fort Clatsop was built from the large trees of Oregon, too, but the soldiers did not know how to make such a fine building as this one hundred years ago.

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