HISTORY OF CHEBONGAN and Mackinac Counties.

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Page 41 - When the observer directs his eye upon the waters more than the land, and the day is fair with moderate wind, he finds the surface as variable in Its tints, as if clothed in a robe of changeable silk. Green and blue are the governing hues, but they flow into each other with such facility and frequency, that while still contemplating a particular spot, it seems, as if by magic, transformed into another.
Page 28 - Moc'che'ne'mock'e'nung, thou isle of the clear, deep-water lake, how soothing it is, from amidst the curling smoke of my opawgun (pipe), to trace thy deep blue outlines in the distance ; to call from memory's tablets the traditions and stories connected with thy sacred and mystic character. How sacred the regard with which thou hast been once clothed by our Indian seers of by-gone days.
Page 8 - Two years later, and almost on the aDniversary of this event, a party of Indians whom Marquette had himself instructed at Lapointe, visited his grave, on their return from their winter hunting grounds, and resolved to disinter their good Father and bear his revered bones to the mission of St. Ignatius, at Mackinac, where they resided. They therefore opened the grave, and, according to custom, dissected the body, washing the bones and drying them in the sun. When this was done, a neat box of birch...
Page 37 - The moving, living spirit of her beloved Ge-niw-e-gwon, she witnessed continually beckoning her to follow him to the happy hunting grounds of spirits in the west — he appeared to her in human shape, but was invisible to others of his tribe. " One morning her body was found mangled at the foot of the bluff. The soul had thrown aside its covering of earth, and had gone to join the spirit of her beloved Ge-niw-e-gwon, to travel together to the land of spirits.
Page 41 - Brief as they are beautiful, these evening glories, like spirits of the air, quickly pass away, and the gray mantle of night warns the beholder to depart for the village while he may yet make his way along a narrow and rocky path, beset with tufts of prickly juniper. Having refreshed himself for an hour, he may stroll out upon the beach and listen to the serenade of the waters. Wave after wave will break at his feet' over the white pebbles, and return as limpid as it came.
Page 37 - From this bluff she often watched and listened for the return of the war parties, for amongst them she knew was Ge-niw-e-gwon; his head decorated with war-eagle plumes, which none but a brave could sport. The west wind often wafted far in advance the shouts of victory and death, as they shouted and sang upon leaving Pe-quod-e-nong (Old Mackinaw) to make the traverse to the Spirit, or Fairy Island.
Page 29 - How pleasant in imagination for the mind to picture and view, as if now present, the time when the Great Spirit allowed a peaceful stillness to dwell around thee, when only light and balmy winds were permitted to pass over thee, hardly ruffling the mirror surface of the waters that surrounded thee ; or to hear, by evening twilight, the sound of the Giant Fairies as they, with rapid step and giddy whirl, dance their mystic dance on thy limestone battlements.
Page 34 - ... for a long period, resist the action of rains and frosts which, in this latitude, and on a rock thus constituted, produce great ravages every season. The arch, which on one side now connects this abutment with the main cliff, will soon be destroyed, as well as the abutment itself...
Page 6 - ... recommended to the Huron, who still, as of old, sought to advance his worldly prospects by commerce. Stationed in this new spot, Father Marquette's first care was to raise a chapel. Rude and unshapely was the first sylvan shrine raised by catholicity at Mackinaw; its sides of logs, its roof of bark had nothing to impress the senses, nothing to win by a dazzling exterior the wayward child of the forest; all was as simple as the faith he taught. Such was the origin of the mission of St. Ignatius,...
Page 31 - At the extreme eastern end of the town is the mission property now in possession of Mr. EA Franks, the house being kept by him as a hotel. The history of this mission is briefly as follows : In the month of June, in the year 1820, the Rev. Dr. Morse, father of the inventor of the telegraph, visited this island and preached the first Protestant sermon ever delivered in this portion of the Northwest. Becoming particularly interested in the condition of the traders and natives, he made a report of his...

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