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constructed, two or three girls and a squaw crouched in front.
A canoe coming to the shore, the object of our visit was indicated
to us.    T was a young savage, perhaps 25, who had eaten
his father, uncle and aunt.        Journeying from Moose Lake the north-west
with them, the party were hunger stricken,  twas in savage winter
time, the old man died,   his son ate him, and successively
his Uncle and Aunt, after killing them.       I took a close look at
this red-skin cannibal, walking up to him, as he got out of
the canoe.       He had a fleshy, repulsive face, rather indicative
of coarse sensuality than aught else,   as the miner said  he was
a chuckle headed looking fellow.       One of our party bought agates
of him.           Other stories I learn. Among them the one of the
Indians dying by the vengeance of the Great Spirit, (id est cooking
their meat with copper in the boiling vessel,) for visiting the island.   And
another, that the inner mountains, indicated to us, were the
residence of a mighty serpent, 60 feet long, and immortal. That
his cast-skins had been found.                     Off, and away from
Michipicotten s rocky shore. And now our journey draws to
a close.       As the sun sunk below the lake s horizon, with bars
of red glory, rapidly growing dusk in the fast gathering mist,
into which we were steering, I walked to & fro with Hillard,
on the top of the upper deck, and felt sorrowful at heart.
So many pleasant aces to drift off, for evermore!    How well
I seem to know them all.  Another day, and never to meet again.
Luke Xerxes contemplating his army I felt tis a sad thing to
think all this human sympathy and feeling is so finite.
Bed by 11, fellows drinking, tale telling and carousing in the Bar Saloon
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page ninety-eight
Description:Describes meeting a cannibal named Swift Runner on Michipoten Island.
Date:1853-08-21
Subject:Cannibalism; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; Native Americans; Sam. Ward (Ship); Swift Runner; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.