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Lewis: Monday September 17th 1804.

I had this day an opportunity of witnessing the agility
and superior fleetness of this anamal which was to me really astonishing.
I had pursued and twice surprised a small herd of seven antilopes.
They took care before they rested to gain an elivated point
where it was impossible to approach them under cover,
except in one direction from which the wind blew towards them.

I made the best of my way towards them.
Peeping over the ridge, I took care to conceal myself from their view.
The male frequently incircled the summit of the hill,
as if to look out for the approach of danger.
I got within 200 paces when they smelt me and fled.
I gained the top of the eminence on which they had stood;
I had an extensive view of the country.

The antilopes which had disappeared in a steep reveene
now appeared at the distance of about three miles.
I doubted at ferst that they were the same that I had just surprised,
but my doubts soon vanished
when I beheld the rapidity of their flight along the ridge before me.
It appeared reather the rappid flight of birds than the motion of quadrupeds.


from Songs of Lewis & Clark, released November 8, 2008


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Sara Bouchard Richmond, Virginia

I am a multi-disciplinary artist and songwriter with a strong foothold in American roots. As an artist, I investigate ways to interact with and represent the American landscape through song. As a musician, I perform original and traditional tunes - drawn from bluegrass, old-time, jazz, country and blues - with my band SALT PARADE. ... more

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