Theodore Roosevelt (18581919). Through the Brazilian Wilderness. 1914.
march three days to the Gy-Paran&á, and then descend it, and continue down the Madeira to Manaos. Rondon, Lyra, the doctor, Cherrie, Kermit, and I, with sixteen paddlers, in seven canoes, were to descend the Dúvida, and find out whether it led into the Gy-Paran&á, our purpose was to return and descend the Anan&ás, whose outlet was also unknown. Having this in view, we left a fortnights provisions for our party of six at Bonofacio. We took with us provisions for about fifty days; not full rations, for we hoped in part to live on the countryon fish, game, nuts, and palm-tops. Our personal baggage was already well cut down: Cherrie, Kermit, and I took the naturalists fly to sleep under, and a very light little tent extra for any one who might fall sick. Rondon, Lyra, and the doctor took one of their own tents. The things that we carried were necessitiesfood, medicines, bedding, instruments for determining the altitude and longitude and latitudeexcept a few books, each in small compass: Lyras were in German, consisting of two tiny volumes of Goethe and Schiller; Kermits were in Portuguese; mine, all in English, included the last two volumes of Gibbon, the plays of Sophocles, Mores Utopia, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus, the two latter lent me by a friend, Major Shipton of the regulars, our military attaché at Buenos Aires.
If our canoe voyage was prosperous we would gradually lighten the loads by eating the provisions. If we met with accidents, such as losing canoes and men in the rapids, or losing men in encounters with Indians, or if we encountered overmuch fever and dysentery, the loads