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STORY OF ANOTHER PIONEER

BY C. B. STEBBINS
June 7, 1882.

Sunday morning the wind abated somewhat, and it was hoped we might get through the ice. But the wood was nearly gone. The fires were started with the hope of getting to Cedar point, on the Ohio shore. The hands came down into the cabin with their axes, to cut out the berths for fuel. They were told, however, to hold on a little, and the berths were saved. We got within a few rods of the shore, and passengers and crew went ashore, and with the small boats, during the day, got about five cords of drift-wood aboard. We then steered for the mouth of the Maumee. We found it frozen solid, and it had caught a large steamer, which it held in its frigid embrace till the next spring. We next turned our course north, and at nine P. M. touched the dock at the city of "Brest. " This was one of the cities to be, but never was, six miles north of Monroe. There was no harbor, but the enterprise of those days was equal to any deficiency or emergency. A pier had been built on piles, nearly half a mile into the lake to meet the immense commerce that was to come. (Of course there was a "Bank of Brest. ") We had been three days "out of port, " and could sincerely say: "any port in a storm. " The pier, not more than fifteen feet in width, was so covered with ice that carriages (if indeed the place had known what a carriage was), could not come to the boat; and Captain Davis helped me carry my wife, who was unable to walk, to the land— a full third of a mile. Several vessels, and it was said a hundred lives, were lost on the lakes during the storm. I considered that, if I ever heard from my goods, I should probably hear of them at the bottom of the lake. In about a week however, I was informed that they were at Detroit. Part of them I sent for with teams, and part I left till spring—losing only one box of the value of fifty dollars, which I always suspected the captain or clerk of the schooner stole.

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