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MICHIGAN FOOD & BEES

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

It was no respecter of person, party, sex or creed; it served everybody alike. It would break out in a school and go like mischief, from pupil to pupil, and from pupil to teacher. The small scholars would "dig it out" on the spot, while the larger ones would grin and bear it, till some convenient opportunity occurred. Young men and young ladies, when in company, like whist players, avoided showing their hands. Most people had this disease as they did the ague, until they wore it out. A lack of fruit and vegetables in our diet was supposed to have something to do with the cause of the "Michigan rash. "
MOSQUITOES.
"Now, by two-headed Janus! Nature Hath formed strange fellows in her time. " Mosquitoes, like the subject we have just treated, are a cutaneous disease. They, with the ague, the "Michigan appetite, " the "Michigan rash, " and the Nilehenobbies, were found indigenous to this territory. It has been claimed by some authorities that the mosquitoes were created as pests, and sent here for the purpose of compelling the settler to drain and improve the swamps, lowlands and marshes. It is most certain that nothing has been formed in vain; and as we know of no other use for mosquitoes, this must be their mission among us here. They certainly were the most numerous and pestilent in the heavy timbered lands, dense swamps and thickets, where they remained in their leafy coverts during the day. But when "twilight let her curtain down, " these little recluse imps would sally out from their fastnesses, and with a flourish of trumpets, call their vast hordes together; when ruthless as the Huns and Goths, they would bear down in a furious attack upon the nearest log fortress.

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