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TERRITORIAL ROAD

RECOLLECTIONS OF THE "OLD TERRITORIAL ROAD" AND ITS TAVERNS

A tub of water was standing in the corner of the room, and a settler who had been fishing during the day, asked any one present to put his hand into the water and "heft" his fish. Some one did as requested, but instantly withdrew his hand with a yell and convulsive jerkings, as if shocked by a galvanic battery. This created much laughter and curiosity as to what caused the man to act thus. But he remained muni as to the cause of his strange actions. Another tried it, and another, with the same result. The room became boisterous with laughter and sport, and eager with curiosity. The performance went on till some dozen, as they attempted to "heft the fish, " wont through with the same Indian yell, and a fandango on the floor. Finally the settler took a pair of tongs, and taking the mysterious thing from the tub, held it up to the crowd. Some one cried out, "lamper eel!" It was an electric eel, whose great electrifying power is well known. Dixborough appeared to prosper for a number of years, and was getting along well in the world. It even began to put on "village airs" and. talk about "country folks. " But the more sagacious saw that its ideas of a large town would soon be dispelled as the "baseless fabric of a dream. " For when the Chicago road from Ten Eyck's to Ann Arbor became good, and travel passed over it again, the road by way of Plymouth and Dixborough, which was but an accommodation route, as it was on higher and dryer land, was left deserted by all but neighborhood travel.

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