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Text for Page 079 [08-18-1853]

              and a half-breed Voyageur visit us, and retire in dudgeon at not
being hired to take us up the river.     The Captain and others
try soundings and channel-depths in the boat for an hour or so.
Previous to this much speculation is rife among the passengers as
to whether we shall, or shall not reach Fond du Lac.  I with
cosmopolitan Frisell seek the Canadian-French Voyageur we
have on board, and propose to be rowed up the two and twenty miles
in his birch-bark canoe.  But it had got damaged and he would
not venture.  More cogitation & discussion among passengers standing
on the foreward deck, gazing at the long, low lying necks of sand
stretching out, as if to bar our progress.         A selling scene
got up at the expense of Mc Elrath.  He�s told how Norris,
(Genessee man) hath been occupied in taking comprehensive notes
touching his involuntary cold baths.  I intimate that originally, he
had put down that Mac was thrown out of window, by the card-
players.    It took well, for the young fellow, �(a good-humored
impulsive, rude, sensual boy, merely;) was in great dread, and indul-
ged in divers �G__d__n hims!�     More talk.   Caprain Shat-
took, (fat, gallant, jocular Southerner, member of some legis-
lature, and Mississippi Captain, � he looks like a good looking
General Cass at the age of forty;)   comes out strong in talk. One
good thing he said, describing the welt and texture of a shirt
he had bought at Ontonagon, quoth he, �You could throw a hat
through it!�     Meantime Captain & boat return with the word
that there�s nine feet water at the bar, � our vessel draws 5,
and 2 being allowed for surf, two feet clear may be reckoned on.
So the passage is resolved upon.     Men are left on the neck to beckon,               
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