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Michigan

STARTING LIFE ANEW IN THE WOODS

From the door of our log house we could often see long files of Indians, afoot and on ponies, wending their way along on these trails that were, in places, worn down to the depth of two feet. There always appeared to us, to be some strange, romantic history connected with the lives of these wandering children of the forests. The deer also could be seen feeding at leisure, or trooping by the door in droves. And occasionally, in the stilly night, from some leafy covert, we would hear the lone howl of a wolf. The bear went foraging through the cornfields, or snuffing round the betterments for a pig, while the fox paid his nightly devoirs to our hen-roost. The weather remained remarkably fine during the fall. Such Indian summer days used, once in a while, to visit us in New York, but here they seemed to be of the manor born, and we had them by the week full. One day, during the fall, we heard a noise as of some one pounding on timber with a beetle. It was the first indication to us that we had neighbors living nearer than Goguac Prairie. We listened—the sound came from the south. A few days later we ascertained that Thomas Kewney, from the Isle of Man, was erecting a log house, some over a mile from us in that direction. And during the next month we found Jonathan Austin to the southwest, Luther Olds to the west, and Alexander Martin, from "sweet Ireland, " to the northwest, all in newly-erected log cabins, and all within two miles of us. About the same distance to the southeast was Deacon Solomon Case, while south of him were Hiram Holcomb, John Crumb, and Willard; and thence to the east were Dr. John Beach, Joseph Stewart, Laraway, and the More-houses.

Early Michigan


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