1. Why do the Captains need to punish three members of the team in the opening chapter?
During their stay on the island near St. Charles, the Captains set up a Court Martial to judge and punish three members of the team for absence without leave and general misconduct.
2. What decision does the Court Martial make on Hugh Hall and John Collins?
On June 29th, the Court Martial decides on the cases of Hugh Hall and John Collins. Both are found guilty and sentenced to a lashing.
3. Why do the Captains establish specific appointments for Thompson, Warner and Collins in the opening chapter?
While they stay on the Nodaway Island, the Captains establish specific appointments for Thompson, Warner and Collins, in order to manage their provisions better. They will act as cooks and caretakers for the provisions.
4. What does Captain Clark do between the 10th and 12th of July?
From July 10th to 12th, Captain Clark visits several islands and creeks. He walks along the river banks and describes plains and mounts covered with weed and flowers.
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