Grandmother's Stories

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Priv. print. at the Riverside Press, 1889 - Children's stories - 162 pages
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Page 133 - ... physician and preacher, who has been ever since that time a devoted friend. The doctor was an able and talkative man, whose good impulses were ever finding vent in some unexpected deed of kindness, and he had a great liking for James from the time of their first meeting. He advised him to find some place where he could work for his board and go to school, and told him of the great things he might do, and the great name he might gain by persevering in the attempt to obtain learning. The advice...
Page 100 - Saginaw tribe, who were very fierce and warlike ; and they were then on their way to Detroit to try and release from prison their chief, old Kishkawko, who had a year before killed a man in the streets of Detroit. Just in pure wantonness, without the least provocation, he had thrown a tomahawk at a white man who was walking peacefully along, and struck him down. He had been arrested, tried, and condemned to be hanged. " The Indians thought it an overwhelming disgrace ' to be hung like dogs,' as they...
Page 99 - I said, as I expected he would, left me, and began talking in a low tone with some of the older Indians. They seemed to come to some sudden decision, for he gave a word of command, and they all left the house as abruptly as they had entered it...
Page 103 - ... floating off with the current. I waded out clear up to my neck, but I could not reach her, and as I could not swim I had to wade back. " By this time the girls and the small boy were on the shore, and as I came back they set up a dismal wail ; for the boat was gone, and here we four were, miles...
Page 106 - ... us into the boat and put the rest of the wet clothes in, and with many friendly grunts and exclamations they pushed our boat out into the stream, and we hastened back to Sallie and the boy. " Here I will say that I have never...
Page 106 - I did n't care for that, for by this time I could see our boat, that had stranded about where I thought she would. " The Indians were very kind to us : the men went and got the boat and untied the raft, and the women wrung out...
Page 107 - I related that story, a good many years after, to Mr. Stanley, famous for his pictures of Indians. We were passing the island on a steamer of your uncle's, and I was telling him something of the early days of St. Clair River settlements. He remarked that the incident would make a pretty picture. " Not long after that he brought me, on my sixtieth birthday, that picture," said grandma, pointing to one that hung in the room.
Page 97 - ... than if I had been a block of wood, but went to the cupboard, and took the bread and cake and everything eatable. They drank some vinegar there was in a barrel in the corner, and then began looking around after something in particular, but which they didn't find ; finally, one old fellow looked at me and said.
Page 96 - I went into the house to do my morning work. " I had put the house to rights, and had just finished baking my bread, when the door suddenly opened, and in poured a great number of Indians in full war-paint and dress, muskets in their hands and knives and tomahawks in their belts.
Page 105 - The current helped us a good deal, and after a time we could see the head of the island. " We knew there was an encampment of friendly Indians there at that time, fishing and hunting, but we were not afraid of them.

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