Sketches and Stories of the Lake Erie Islands

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I.F. Mack & brother, 1898 - Erie, Lake - 379 pages
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For anyone doing research about Lake Erie this is an incredible resource. A terrific snapshot of life on the islands in the late 1800's. It is amazing how much has changed (and stayed the same). There is a short section on Kelleys Island, but more can be found at

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Page 44 - Though his messmates fall around him : Nothing can his soul affright. But behold, a ball has struck him ! See the crimson current flow ! " Leave the deck ;" exclaimed brave Perry ; " No," cried Bird,
Page 44 - Freely bled and nobly dared, Let his courage plead for mercy, Let his precious life be spared. See him march and...
Page 41 - With brief monition from the hulk he springs, To a fresh deck his rapid transit wings, Back to the strife exultant shapes his way, Again to test the fortunes of the day. As bears the noble consort slowly down, Portentous now her teeming cannon frown ; List to the volleys that incessant break The ancient silence of that border lake ! As lifts the smoke, what tongue can fitly tell The transports which those manly bosoms swell, When Britain's ensign down the reeling mast Sinks, to proclaim the desperate...
Page 368 - And this is in the night: — Most glorious night! Thou wert not sent for slumber! let me be A sharer in thy fierce and far delight, — A portion of the tempest and of thee!
Page 43 - ... commanded, To protect our west frontiers. Tender were the scenes of parting, Mothers wrung their hands and cried, Maidens wept their swains in secret, Fathers strove their tears to hide.
Page 43 - Soon they came where noble Perry Had assembled all his fleet, There the gallant Bird enlisted, Hoping soon the foe to meet. Where is Bird ? the battle rages — Is he in the strife or no ? Now the cannons roar tremendous, Dare he meet the hostile foe?
Page 43 - Sons of Freedom, listen to me, And ye daughters too give ear ; You, a sad and mournful story As was ever told, shall hear. Hull, you know, his troops surrendered, And defenceless left the West ; Then our forces quick assembled, The invaders to resist.
Page 39 - ... for two glasses or more ; While Perry, undaunted, did firmly stand by her, The proud foe on her heavy broadsides did pour. Her masts being shatter'd, her rigging all tatter'd, Her booms and her yards being all shot away ; And few left on deck to manage the wreck, Our hero on board her no longer could stay. In this situation, the pride of our nation Sure Heaven had guarded unhurt all the while, While many a hero, maintaining his station, Fell close by his side, and was thrown on the pile. But...
Page 44 - This will bring sad news to you; Do not mourn your first beloved, Though this brings his last adieu. "I must suffer for deserting From the brig Niagara; Read this letter, brothers, sisters, 'Tis the last you'll hear from me.
Page 280 - ... by year, for the most important of all public interests, a greater revenue than all that the people pay in taxes for their own State government — if it secures a free school in every neighborhood and within the reach of every family, and leaves hardly a native adult that cannot read and write — it is to him more than to any other man that the debt of public gratitude is due. Others now living, who need not be named, and who will not be forgotten when they shall have been gathered to the dead,...

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