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EARLY RECOLLECTIONS

BY WM. C. HOYT
June 7th, 1873

After another pause in the conversation, the woman spoke up and said that they could find out what he was, and suggested that her husband should tell him in the Indian tongue that she was sick, and ask him for something to go and buy liquor with. The Indian accordingly spoke to Mr. M., in the Indian tongue, telling him that his squaw was sick, and asking him for money to buy liquor. At first Mr. M. paid no attention to what was said, but on the request being repeated several times, he finally took a quarter out of his pocket and gave it to them. As he did this, he said to them in Indian: "Here, take this; what fools you are to bother me. " On hearing him thus speak, in their own language, the woman, with much emphasis, exclaimed: "There he is an Indian himself. 'I told you he was a Frenchman. ' "
The nationality of Mr. M. being thus determined, they thanked him very kindly for the money, and the woman started off in the rain with a half-gallon kettle, to obtain some liquor at Rapp's tavern. The distance was a mile, and yet she soon returned with a kettle full. She went into the hut and seemed quite pleased at her discovery that the stranger was a Frenchman. She inquired if he was mad at the annoyance they had given him, and being informed in the negative,. she sat down by her husband and handed him the kettle. This they continued to pass between themselves during the night till the kettle was empty.

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