I have decided to return to the Kurz' Journal and this episode the author would tell you about his first bison hunt in the Upper Missouri prairie country.
Kurz arrived at Fort Berthold on July 8 1851 and was to stay there working as a clerk. Due to a cholera outbreak among the Indians in August, the manager from Fort Clark Dorson arrived there and ordered Kurz to go across the Missouri River to stay at the second post run there by the American Fur Company - 170 miles as crow flies, said Kurz. His guide Bellange and he left on September 1, and arrived on the 6th (or so) at the destination. (some other time I will pull interesting bits and pieces from that journey, as well as about the return to his station or post at Fort Berthold).
Buffalo Chase begun on September 23, 1851[p.138-40]:
latter was beginning a long story he wished to tell; on the other hand, he ordered
supper delayed on our account that we might have a better and more plentiful meal.
A bell summoned me to the first table with Mr. Denig and the clerks. My eyes almost
ran over with tears ! There was chocolate, milk, butter, omelet, fresh meat, hot bread —
what a magnificent spread ! I changed my opinion at once concerning this new chief;
a hard, niggardly person could not have reconciled himself to such a hospitable
reception in behalf of a subordinate who was a total stranger to him.
After we had eaten he apologized for not having a bed in readiness for me;
that night I must content myself with buffalo robes in the interpreter's room;
better arrangements would be made next day. [...]