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Michigan

STARTING LIFE ANEW IN THE WOODS

In a little sunny glade hard by a stream that ran through the farm was an Indian corn-field. The corn hills, with the stubble yet standing in them, marked the spot where the previous year Mr. "Lo" had been engaged in corn planting. The little mounds of earth showed where they had buried their corn. Their favorite camping ground was on the banks of the little lake above mentioned. This lake was made by the beavers. The dam, of their construction, was at its head. But the Indians, years gone by, had captured all the beavers and sold their skins to the French fur traders. The beavers had been succeeded by those other builders, the muskrats, who in turn took possession of this lake, and, erecting their houses, increased in numbers and flourished for many years. The Indians, getting their whisky at Angell's distillery, would come to their wigwams, here by the lake, and have their pow-wows. We could hear them yell and whoop, and see them dance and go through with their wild and grotesque antics. They would also engage in sports of the turf. Mounting their ponies they would ride with whip, and yell, and wild halloo, and exulted in genuine Indian style over the pony that came out ahead. We remember no depredations they committed. A cold morning in winter one came to our house. He was tall and savage looking, with painted face, tomahawk and scalping knife in his belt, and gun in his hand. He "boo-shooed" himself into the house, and began in deep gutteral utterances, and fierce gesticulations, to tell about "che-mo-ko-man's"—pointing to the northwest—getting the deer he had shot.

Early Michigan


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