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And that was the last we ever saw of the prisoner, but not the last of being heard from. In starting so suddenly his saddle-bags slipped off, and on his arrival at Adrian, where he claimed to have arrived the next evening, 150 miles, he wrote to his attorney to forward his saddle-bags to that place, where he then felt as safe from being re-arrested as he would now be in Europe. We lost the prisoner, but he forfeited his saddle-bags. The town proved a very unhealthy place for the first two or three years; nearly every inhabitant had either the fever and ague or chill fever. The first death was a Mr. Cummings. Nearly all recovered after the first few frosty nights, and then came the voracious Michigan appetite, and the capacity of the stomach to hold food seemed to be doubled. The town sprang into note as if by magic, and the way it got its start may not be uninteresting to the reader. It happened thus: In the fall of 1834 the schooner Post Boy, then commanded by Wessel Whitaker, was driven on shore at Michigan City, and lost. The captain had to make the trip to St. Joseph to report her situation to the custom house and to the underwriters, and, to get there, rode on the beach of the lake on horseback, and had to cross the mouth of the Galien River, which he conceived would make a better harbor than Michigan City. So, after accomplishing the business that took him to St. Joseph, he found a few jovial companions and went to playing poker, and in the morning found himself the winner of money enough to enter one hundred acres of land, which he lost no time in doing, returning by way of White Pigeon for that purpose. He died a poor man. The growth of the place was rapid the first year; and to show the number of strangers constantly visiting the place, the following novel bet was made by Capt. Whitaker and Mr. N. Willard, proprietor of unsold lots:

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