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e were charged to La Salle,—as if he ought to have deepened the channel and controlled the winds; men deserted, and returned in the fleet. La Salle, who, by the powerful activity of his will, controlled the feeble and irritable persons that surrounded him, and even censured their inefficiency, their treachery, and their disobedience, with angry vehemence, was yet, in his struggle against adversity, magnanimously tranquil. The fleet sets sail, and there Joute<*> 92 remain on the beach of Matagorda a desponding company of about two hundred and thirty, huddled together in a fort constructed of the fragments of their shipwrecked vessel, having no reliance but in the constancy and elastic genius of La Salle. Ascending the small stream at the west of the bay, Chap. XX} in the vain hope of finding the Mississippi, La Salle selected a site on the open ground for the establishment 1685 of a fortified post. The spot, which he named St. Louis, was a gentle slope, which showed, towards t