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EARLY RECOLLECTIONS

BY WM. C. HOYT
June 7th, 1873

When Mr. M. got up in the morning and was about to start off to the tavern for his breakfast, the woman was leaning against the chimney asleep, and the Indian proceeded to give the following account of his two wives: The first, he said, was of Walpole Island, and she was a bad woman, for she would not drink at all; but his present wife was a Saginaw, and she was a good woman, for she would drink a quart a day if he would let her have it. Her then insensible condition lent a sanction to what was said of her.
This Indian was a half-breed, with long white hair and a long beard; and while the two conversed usually in the Indian tongue, they could also speak English very well.
Some three or four ponies were purchased from the Indians by the party, and having returned to Detroit, the Tennessee gentlemen went back to their homes in the South. One rainy night in the fall of 1873 a little granddaughter of Mr. M. came into the house, at Grosse Point, and told him that two women were sheltering themselves from the rain under the front piazza of his saloon, on the bank of the lake, across the way. He sent and invited them into the house. They proved to be an aged Indian woman and her daughter and a little grandchild. A lunch was provided for them, and then buffalo robes and blankets were spread on the floor for their accommodation for the night.

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