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Either my feet had swollen by the severe hardship to which they had been subjected the day before, or my boots had shrunk, or both, and I was attempting an impossibility. I pulled at the straps till my fingers had no strength left in them. In my grief I cried out, " What shall I do ? " I was fifty miles from a shoemaker, or any place where I could provide for my understanding. Among the company there chanced to be a genius. He advised me to take off the fat fried out of the pork and thoroughly baste the heal of my stocking and the inside of my boot. This was a success. In went my foot and on went my boot. That day we reached Marshall, consisting then of one log house and another in the process of erection. A few emigrants had planted themselves on the beautiful and fertile farming lands in that vicinity. The next day being the Sabbath we had public worship. A young methodist clergyman by the name of Pilcher, preached in the morning, and Rev. J. D. Pierce, one of our company, in the afternoon. These meetings were held in the unfinished log house of Mr. Geo. Ketchum. On Monday morning I resumed my journey on foot, and alone, and before breakfast reached Battle Creek, without seeing a house or seeing a person. The creek was then _as now, only larger; but the beautiful town was non est. One single log house, in the process of being built by a Mr. Stoddard, marked the spot of the future city. Here I took breakfast before crossing the river. It is said that a bath immediately after eating is unhealthy. I don't know about that. I took a bath after eating that morning, and I have lived more than forty years since. The stream was swollen by the recent rains, to full banks; no bridge, no boat, and too deep, in most places, to ford. The icicles were hanging from the bushes on the banks. Mr. Stoddard pointed out the shallowest spot and the only fording place; so, holding my clothes high over my head with both hands, I waded chin deep to the other shore, where I hastily made my toilet, and pursued my journey."

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