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THE LIFE OF HON. RIX ROBBINSON A PIONEER OF WESTERN MICHIGAN

BY GEORGE H. WHITE

His guest caught his arm saying "Hold! Robinson! Hold! he has got enough. " Robinson then dragged the body to the door, telling his followers to take him away or he would kill him; they took him away. His guest, fearing their revenge, advised him not to go any more into the woods hunting. During the winter Robinson had hunted a good deal, thereby adding to his larder, and the furs, skins and peltries of the company. He thought it over and concluded that the true course for him was to go with his rifle into the woods, where he could see an Indian as quickly as an Indian could see him, and to shoot him down1 if he showed the least sign of an attempt at revenge. He said that he seen the Indian in the woods he would probably have shot him down at sight. The next three days he went with his rifle into the woods to hunt, expecting not game but an Indian, and then gave it up. Some four or five days after that he was sitting near the fire with his rifle over his knees, priming it when hearing a slight noise he looked up and saw this chief peeping from one side into the door towards him. Robinson arose, walked to the door, the chief not retreating, and said "You here?" "Yes. " "Come down to fight?" "No. " "'Want to fight?" No. Chief: "You want to fight?" "Yes, if you come to fight, don't you want to fight?" No, made fool of myself other day, want to make all up with you. " "Well, you have concluded to make it up. have you?" "Yes. " "Well, here is a pipe of tobacco. " They sat down together, smoked it and talked the matter over. From that time the chief and his tribe were his fast friends, and the Hudson Bay company got no more furs from that quarter.

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