National Geographic : 1953 Jun
AClark's Manuscript Reveals aCrabbed Hand, Skillful Draftsmanship Adusty attic inSt. Paul, Min nesota, yielded this and 66other original Lewis and Clark journal pages earlier this year. The Min nesota Historical Society made the find and termed it"the great est discovery of itskind indec ades." The newly found manuscripts Sbegin with December 13,1803, seven weeks before the earliest ex pedition notation inthe Thwaites edition ofthejournals. This ink-blotched sheet is crowded with notes ofgeneral history on the left and with a map ofthe vicinity ofthe Wood River camp of1803-04. The Mis sissippi flows from the upper right. The Illinois (right) and Missouri (left) join it.Tiny Wood River islabeled "Dubois," itsFrench name. The tent sym bol atitsmouth marks the party's first camp. Inthemargins are listed the men ofthe expedition. - Meandering Rivers Mesh Waters at Three Forks, Montana The Missouri begins 2,466 miles above itsmouth, atthe cliff in center background. The Jeffer sonand Madison rivers twist about tree-studded islands and join inthe foreground. Their combined waters aresoon aug mented bythe Gallatin-the third ofthe forks-flowing beyond the highway atthe right. William Clark was the first white man tosee this "essential point inthe geography ofthis western part ofthe Continent" July 25, 1805.