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STORY OF ANOTHER PIONEER

BY C. B. STEBBINS
June 7, 1882.

Some fifty of us voted to pay our respects to the Colonel, and ask for his version of the facts. He received us politely on the deck of the boat, and stated that, before engaging the enemy he went to Gen. Harrison and asked permission for his regiment to charge in column. Gen. Harrison asked him if he had drilled his men in view of so desperate a movement. He assured him they were well prepared, and enthusiastic for the encounter. He had the permission, and was soon piercing the enemy's lines. He did not see Gen. Harrison again till after the battle, but stated candidly and frankly, that he had no doubt he was in his proper place as Commander-in-chief. We were much pleased with the tone of his speech. Gen. Harrison's election by an overwhelming majority, and death but a month after the inauguration, and Tyler's political treason, are matters of history. In the fall of 1841 I removed to Buffalo. My enterprise there proved unsuccessful, and the next year I decided to return to Adrian. My wife was slowly recovering from sickness, and it was late in the season before we could move. I put my goods on a schooner, and Wednesday, November 15th, 1842, we took passage on the little steamer, Gen. Scott, Captain Ira Davis, who was a member of the Legislature from Wayne county in 1861. He was a man of noble soul, and died several years since. We had delightful weather, stopping at every port, and reached Sandusky Thursday afternoon. We here ate our last meal on the boat, as we supposed, and steamed out of the bay a little before sunset, with a gentle breeze from the northeast, and the foresail set; and we congratulated ourselves that we should awake in the morning at the dock at Toledo. I was so expressing myself to the captain, as we were sitting in the cabin below deck (for there was no cabin on deck; few boats had such at that time, and none with rooms on the upper deck), when a little boy came running down the stairs exclaiming: "They can't get the sail down, and the wind is blow-o-owing!"

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