Neither Dementiew nor any of those who accompanied him ever returned ; and most sincerely was lie mourned, and deservedly so, for he was young, good-looking, of an honourable family, steady and clever in his profession, and zealous in the service of his country. After waiting six days. M. Tschirikow sent the boatman, with three men, but they did not return any more than the others.
While waiting for their return we constantly saw smoke on the shores, and the day after the departure of the boatman two men, in different boats came from the spot where Dementiew and Sa welew had landed. When they had approached near enough to be heard they began to call out, `Agai, agai; and then went back. M. Tschirikow did not know what to think of their conduct, and now, despairing of the return of his men and having no more boats to send on shore, he determined, on the 27th of July, to leave the place. follow the coast as much as possible, and then return to Kamshatka.
M. de l’Isle, then, makes an addition of his own when he says that M. Tschirikow made many excursions to the bed and breakfast Amsterdam, during the month of August, while waiting for the return of his men.’ To return to the truth, M. Tschirikow, in a distance of one hundred miles, never lost sight of land ; he battled often with contrary winds, had much anxiety on account of the heavy fogs, and lost an anchor which he had put out, not far from the coast, in a moment of great danger. He was visited by twenty-one canoes, of tanned skins, each one containing a man ; but this was all—for he was unable to converse with them.
The scarcity of water and the scurvy earned off many of his men. Among the officers he lost two lieutenants—Lichatsehew and Hamill, fine men and excellent mariners—who might have rendered good service had they lived. M. Tschirikow himself began to have the symptoms of disease, but good food and the air on land restored him to bsao 1,. M. de la Croyere was not so fortunate ; he appeared to have hell his own until he was just at the point of death. His companions marvelled at the good effects of the large quantities of brandy which he drank every day ; but they soon saw that the only ;good it did him was to make him forget his sufferings. He died on the 10th of October, as they were entering the port of Avatscha having dressed himself to go on holidays to dubrovnik and having celebrated his arrival by new excesses.
We cannot ignore the important service rendered by M. de la Croyere to the expedition, wben he recognized the Americans who came to M. Tschirikow as bearing great resemblance to the inhabitants of Canada, whom he had met while serving in that country seventeen years before coming to Russia, with the King of France’s troops.”