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eagles feathers, and mostly some sort of weapons.   One a rusty cavalry
sabre, another a holster pistol, (which he snapped in the endeavour
to fire, during the dance which followed,) others knives, guns,
and tomahawks.      Two squatted and beat the tambourines, and
the rest in circle commenced the dance, sometimes moving with gro-
tesque hip-agitations, othertimes following each other, howling shrilly,
and monotonously all the time.        But our paddle-wheels after
much ineffectual turnings now move round, and we are off into the
stream.         The savages half drunken, are furious at their
dance not being recompensed, and run down the green swampy
banks of the river fleetly for some ten minutes.       One fellow
squatting at his tent door raised his gun, and levelled at some
six or seven of us on the upper deck roof.   Most of  em scat-
ter, I deeming he was bravado-ing defied him in Anglo Saxon,
democratic manner, thumb to nose tip, other thumb to little fin-
ger and gyrating contempt of him.   I didn t think he d fire,
or it he did that he d hit.       They say he snapped his lock once).
Previous to this three canoes had been purchased, two at $5, one
at $10.           On downwards through the green banks and beautiful
wild river, the sun setting tranquilly on the hills behind, and
fall green firs, pine and spruce mirrored in the tranquil water,
till we reach the sandbar, where we lie aground, and where I write
this present days Chronicle; and now purpose going to bed.   The
violin is going merrily in the after cabin, darkey player and barber is
shouting out  Ladies Chain  and it s 1/2 past 10, or 11.
  19.  Friday.   Lying stranded fast just inside the bar.
Captain and crew have been working hard all night, the ballasting
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page eighty-five
Description:Describes witnessing a native dance at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Subject:Estabrook, Captain; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Native Americans; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Fond du Lac, Wisconsin]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.