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The vapor-bath of which we have made mention is in frequent use among the Nez Percé tribe, chiefly for cleanliness. Their sweating-houses, as they call them, are small and close lodges, and the vapor is produced by water poured slowly upon red-hot stones.
On passing the limits of O-push-y-e-cut's domains, the travellers left the elevated tablelands, and all the wild and romantic scenery which has just been described. They now traversed a gently undulating country, of such fertility that it excited the rapturous admiration of two of the captain's followers, a Kentuckian and a native of Ohio. They declared that it surpassed any land that they had ever seen, and often exclaimed, what a delight it would be just to run a plough through such a rich and teeming soil, and see it open its bountiful promise before the share.
Another halt and sojourn of a night was made at the village of a chief named He-mimel-pilp, where similar ceremonies were observed and hospitality experienced, as at the preceding villages. They now pursued a west-southwest course through a beautiful and fertile region, better wooded than most of the tracts through which they had passed. In their progress, they met with several bands of Nez Percés, by whom they were invariably treated
with the utmost kindness. Within seven days after leaving the domain of He-mim-el-pilp, they struck the Columbia River at Fort WallahWallah, where they arrived on the 4th of March, 1834.
Fort Wallah-Wallah-Its Commander-Indians in its Neighborhood-Exertions of Mr. Pambrune for Improvement-Religion-Code of Laws-Range of the Lower Nez Percés -Camash, and other RootsNez Percés Horses-Preparations for DepartureRefusal of Supplies-Departure-A Laggard and Glutton.
ORT Wallah-Wallah is a trading post of
the Hudson's Bay Company, situated just above the mouth of the river of the same name, and on the left bank of the Columbia. It is built of driftwood, and calculated merely for defense against any attack of the natives. At the time of Captain Bonneville's arrival, the whole garrison mustered but six or eight men; and the post was under the superintendence of Mr. Pambrune, an agent of the Hudson's Bay Company.
The great post and fort of the company, forming the emporium of its trade on the Pa
Old Fort Wallah-Wallah on the
Redrawn from a sketch made during a Government Survey of the Pacific Railroad.