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INDIAN SUPERSTITION

BY EPHRAIM S. WILLIAMS

Then a gentle smoke was kept under them until perfectly dry. A common sized sturgeon, when flayed, would be about the size of an ordinary deer skin. When dry they were folded and packed in nice packages for keeping for their summer use and for market. About the time this is accomplished the Mun-e-soos, more properly poor, lazy, worthless Indians, would come from a distance, having au eye to supplying themselves with provisions they never labored to obtain, except by theft. They (the Socks) would now commence, in different ways, to excite their own fears that the Mun-e-soos were about their camps, by firing guns at night in the woods in the rear of their camps, and also dropping a certain painted kind of quills near their camps so the children and women would find them. These were certain indications their enemies were near at hand. After a few nights, they became so frightened, they would take to their canoes and flee, leaving many times almost everything they possessed, fleeing for the Saginaw river. '¦¦*l?he Mun-e-soos or robbers would then rob their camps of what they wanted and escape to their homes, with perhaps their summer supplies of fish and often sugar and dried venison. They rarely if ever took any articles of prop-erty, as it might lead to discovery and detection. Being the time of year I usually made my annual trips along the bay and lake shore, looking after our spring trade and collection of furs, going as far as Thunder bay and looking after our trading post at the Sable river, where we kept three men during the winter, at these times I have often met f$hem fleeing as above mentioned, sometimes twenty or more canoes.

Michigan Indians


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