Three years among the Indians and Mexicans . edfrom the men what they supposed to be the causeof the change. The next day after I had left theFort on the Missouri, in the fall, Cheek and severalAmericans were in the office or marquee of the com-pany, endeavoring to get their equipments accordingto contract. Liza was present. Chouteaus namewas mentioned in the course of the conversation,when Cheek coolly remarked that if he caught Chou-teau a hundred yards from camp he would shoothim. Cheek! Cheek!! exclaimed Liza, mind whatyou say. I do that, said Cheek, and Liza, Ihave heard some of our boys

Three years among the Indians and Mexicans . edfrom the men what they supposed to be the causeof the change. The next day after I had left theFort on the Missouri, in the fall, Cheek and severalAmericans were in the office or marquee of the com-pany, endeavoring to get their equipments accordingto contract. Liza was present. Chouteaus namewas mentioned in the course of the conversation,when Cheek coolly remarked that if he caught Chou-teau a hundred yards from camp he would shoothim. Cheek! Cheek!! exclaimed Liza, mind whatyou say. I do that, said Cheek, and Liza, Ihave heard some of our boys Stock Photo
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Three years among the Indians and Mexicans . edfrom the men what they supposed to be the causeof the change. The next day after I had left theFort on the Missouri, in the fall, Cheek and severalAmericans were in the office or marquee of the com-pany, endeavoring to get their equipments accordingto contract. Liza was present. Chouteaus namewas mentioned in the course of the conversation, when Cheek coolly remarked that if he caught Chou-teau a hundred yards from camp he would shoothim. Cheek! Cheek!! exclaimed Liza, mind whatyou say. I do that, said Cheek, and Liza, Ihave heard some of our boys say that if they evercaught you two hundred yards from camp theywould shoot you, and if they dont I will. You oughtnot to expect any thing better from the Americansafter having treated them with so much meanness, treachery and cruelty as you have. Now Liza, continued he, you are going to the forks of theMissouri, mark my words, you will never come backalive. Lizas cheeks blanched at this bold and 32 For sketch of John Dougherty, see Appendix.. From portrait presented to Missouri Historical Societyby Mrs. Nathan Corwitli. [i8io] 47 reckless speech from a man who always performedhis promises, whether good or evil. He returned toSt. Louis and sent up Col. Menard in his place. Col-M. was an honorable high minded gentleman andenjoyed our esteem in a higher degree than anyother of the company. Liza we thoroughly detestedand despised, both for his acts and his reputation.There were many tales afloat concerning villainiessaid to have been perpetrated by him on the fron-tiers. These may have been wholly false or greatlyexaggerated, but in his looks there was no decep-tion. Rascality sat on every feature of his darkcomplexioned, Mexican face—gleamed from hisblack, Spanish, eyes, and seemed enthroned in a fore-head villainous low. We were glad to be re-lieved of his presence. After remaining at this Fortor camp a few days we started westward for theForks and mountains in a company of thir

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