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Text for Page 075 [08-17-1853]

              others the blanket, shirt or frock, shabby though colored leggings, and
moccasins, over all the blanket, exceedingly dirty.    They were round-
shouldered and in-toed, and slender looking. Hitherto I have not
seen an Indian I couldn�t lick, I think.    Their faces varied conside-
rably, but there was ever the low-forehead and high cheek bones of the
savage.   Some had battered felt hats, one I saw quite brigandish,
others straw, with perchance a feather stuck in a parte-colored band,
others naught but long, lank hair.          The half-breeds were gaily dres-
sed, blue or dark loose pants, tasty cotton shirts, and girded by
red sashes.     Some of the fellows were not ill-looking.     They were all
thronging about the little wood-piled pier, and many on the vessel.
Pursuing our walk and overtaking Godefroi, Lewis, & Genessee man, 
we reached a little French Catholic church & burial ground.  The latter
was fenced in roughly, stakes with a horizontal pole piercing them. Within
the bodies were evidently buried above ground, earth tumuli over them, long
grass, and little wooden crosses, daubed with paint flourishes.      Each
tomb had its inscription in French.          We entered the Church.    It was
wooden built had backed seats, some ill-done prints and pictures round
it, and a big �Nativity� scene over the altar.   The priest, attired in
the usual [unclear word] panoply stood and on either side knelt two Indian boys;
The congregation were mostly squaws, all keeping up a long, low,
liquid but monstrous and drawling responses in Chippeway dialect.
I should think there�d be few consonants and gutturals in it.    Some
of the younger omen had good eyes & profiles, but all coarse, large
mouths.    The boys, (there were some half dozen, unkempt, thick-
haired elfin urchins,) deported themselves much as white boys do in
church, leaning over the backs of the seats fronting them, their heads               
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