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A PIONEER MINISTER

BY REV. SUPPLY CHASE
APRIL 21, 1873

THE HOTELS. These were the palmy days, also, of hotel runners, as we found when the boat made her landing at the foot of Woodward Avenue. The confusion of tongues was like that of Babel. Cries of "American, " "Mansion House Eagle Hotel, " "Cottage Hotel, " "New York and Ohio House, " etc., etc., made confusion worse confounded. " To one unused to such proceedings, as was the writer, and a stranger also, it was simply bewildering. After landing horse and carriage safely, we took up our line of travel for the Cottage Hotel, " under the guidance of the runner, who had succeeded in capturing us by his gorgeous descriptions of the superiority of his house over all others. Driving up to the door, wife and child were assisted to alight, and escorted into the house, while the writer drove around to the shed, to see that the horse was provided for, as he had been on short rations on shipboard, from the length of the voyage. Returning to the house, he found his wife in the sitting room of the hotel, with a most woe-begone countenance. It was plain we had been sold. Our expectations of a savory breakfast, to satisfy the cravings of a sharp appetite, were vanishing fast. Sitting around the stove were some eight or ten men, who seemed to have no business in particular, except to drink whisky and. squirt tobacco juice upon the stove. Motioning her husband aside, she exclaimed: "Oh, we cannot stay here. What shall we do?" "Well, wait until the horse has eaten his provender. " But it was too much. After enduring it a short time, the horse was brought to the door, and we sought new quarters, leaving the larger portion of oats in the manger, for the benefit of the next horse that came.

Michigan


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