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[40c] find no bottom. In the night following a second day's
Chap. II.} 1528. Nov.
fruitless struggle to go up the stream, the boats were separated; but the next afternoon, Cabeza, overtaking and passing Narvaez, who chose to hug the land, struck boldly out to sea in the wake of Castillo, whom he descried ahead. They had no longer an adverse current, and in that region the prevailing wind is from the east. For four days the half-famished adventurers kept prosperously towards the west, borne along by their rude sails, and their labor at the oar. All the fifth of November an easterly storm drove them forward, and on the morning of the sixth, the boat of Cabeza was thrown by the surf on the sands of an island, which he called the isle of Malhado, that is, of Misfortune. Except as to its length, his description applies to Galveston;1 his men believed themselves not far from the Panuco. The Indians of the place expressed sympathy for their shipwreck by howls, and gave them food and shelter. Castillo was cast away a little further to the east; but he and his company were saved alive. Of the other boats, an uncertain story reached Cabeza, that one foundered in the gulf; that the crews of the two others gained the shore; that Narvaez was afterwards driven out to sea; that the stranded men began wandering towards the west; and that at last all of them but one perished fearfully from hunger.

Those who were with Cabeza and Castillo, gradually wasted away from cold, and want, and despair; but Cabeza de Vaca, Dorantes, Castillo, and Estevanico,

1 I write Galveston with hesitation. But with no adverse current, fair weather for four days, wind from the east, sails, oars plied by more than forty men, a driving easterly storm of twenty four hours continuance, a bark, thirty two feet long, might pass from the mouths of the Mississippi to the island of Galveston. Experienced navigators in the Gulf think Cabeza was wrecked on that island.

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