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INCIDENTS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE SAGINAW VALLEY

BY JUDGE ALBERT MILLER

I walked into the water as far as I could proceed, when, without any motive or thought of why I did so, I sent forth a shrill Indian whoop or yell, which was immediately answered by an Indian, and in a few moments a canoe hove in sight, paddled by an Indian who had been out on the creek hunting ducks. He. came and rescued us from our perilous situation, and in a few minutes landed us on a dry spot of ground on the opposite side of the creek, where he had encamped that day with his family preparatory to making maple sugar.
We were so much exhausted that we could hardly walk from the canoe to the wigwam, but the Indians made a good fire for us, and after a good supper Ave soon revived. After spending the night with our kind Indian friends we proceeded to our home, which was about two miles from the wigwam, but so great had been the sufferings of that day that we presented the appearance of convalescents from a severe illness. For years after the event above related the mother of our rescuer, who was at the wigwam with her son at the time, would make frequent visits to my house, and imitating the faltering steps of Sog-a-mok (my Indian name), as he proceeded from the canoe to the wigwam, would obtain from my mother all she asked for.
After the frost was out of the ground I commenced plowing and caused the stock to be driven home preparatory to being inventoried and received on the lease. After I had a hundred head or more gathered, the water in the river had raised and overflowed the prairie so that but about an acre of dry land remained for them to stand on, and I had to remove them to dry ground.

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