Meriwether Lewis wrote of the theft of his dog, Seaman, on April 11, 1806:
Three of tribe the Wah-clel-lars, stole my dog this evening, and took him towards their village, I was shortly afterwards informed of this transaction by an indian who spoke the Clatsop language, sent three men in pursuit of the theives.
And he meant business:
with orders if they made the least resistence or difficulty in surrendering the dog to fire on them; they overtook these fellows or reather came within sight of them at the distance of about 2 miles; the indians discovering the party in pursuit of them left the dog and fled.
I guess stealing a dog is more serious than stealing a canoe.
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