70 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
to see. At that time there were only two boats on Lake Superior. Some time after they colUded and one of them sank, and, as I now remember, several Uves were lost. The trip from Cleveland to Ste. Marie was very pleasant; the water on Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Lake Superior was all the time very smooth. The passage through Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River, and St. Mary's River is quite narrow in many places, so that we could, without a glass, see both shores at the same time. There were quite a number of passengers aboard, most of them very pleas¬ ant people, inclucUng some stage celebrities, one of them being Miss Charlotte Cushman, then in her palmy days. In addition there was a brass band on board, wliich would occasionaUy blow, in order to stir the animals up. Atogether, it was a very pleasant and enjoyable trip, and one that even at this late day I look back to vnth pleasure.
The voyage on Lake Superior from Sault Ste. Marie was rather monotonous until we were nearing Marquette, when the lake quite suddenly became rough. This caused an epidemic which continued until we arrived at Marquette. There were no deaths and many of the patients landed there, and all their stomachs were in fine condition to receive a good square meal. This was no easy matter to get, there being at that time, as my memory serves me now, only three or four houses, one of them a hotel built out of boards in shanty style. Ground rents being cheap, kitchen, dining room, sitting room, parlor, and sleeping rooms were all on the first floor.
We landed in the evening. Early the next morning we looked for a guide and transportation. The former we found without delay, but the latter was very difficult to procure. The best we could find was a single mule which we chartered, concluding that we would ride and tie, which