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Early Michigan

Oliver Williams

It was late in the afternoon, and the Indians were holding war dances, sending forth over the water, hideous yells, when all at once pop, pop and whiz, whiz, came bullets of rifles or muskets over our heads. One was said to have passed through a sail of our vessel, while the war whoop rang out more horrible than before, which caused our captain to swear great wicked oaths, and us little folks and the ladies to scamper below into the cabin, expecting the tomahawk and scalping knife soon, to be after our scalps. This was said to be the work of drunken Indians, and no doubt was so. We cast anchor one mile below the Fort at Detroit, the wind having away, when we were met and taken off to shore by my father and a brother of the late Hon. Shubael Conant, who was with us on board the Mink from Buffalo. We walked up the river bank, passed the guns of the fort with pyramid piles of cannon balls, the muskets of the sentries and soldiers gleaming in the rays of the setting sun, passing up the principal street, now Jefferson avenue, to our home near the upper end;

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