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Text for Page 080 [08-18-1853]

              lead-heavings are incessant, and the passage is triumphantly accomplish-
ed.     Fellows all hurrah.      Up the winding green margined river.
Projecting or sloping shores, little islets, large ones, channels and
esturies innumerable, great beds of rushes, and here and there
broad leaved water lilies tremulously floating by the margin of the
untrodden shores.    Trees and thickets all around, verdure to the waters
edge.   Sometimes the stream narrowed so much that twould have been
an impossibility to have turned the vessel, sometimes sloped off into little
lake or bay.     The river was very shallow, and brown colored, from
the clay or [unclear word] banking it.    A canoe, not far off.   Our boat is
out very much.   We run ashore, and stick fast for 3/4 of an
hour, during which dinner occurs.    I being talking with Godfroy in
the fore part find all places at table occupied, have to tarry the
second dinner, which I do, impatiently enough, for we are close on
Fond du Lac, and its huts can be descried.   By the time a
hurried meal was despatched we were there.     Some fifteen wooden
built huts, primitive enough, cane-shaped Indian wig-wams of every
degree of diminutive misery.        The place is quite up as far as the
river is navigable, situated on the very margin, luxuriant green turf
and rushes all around.     Behind rise tree-surmounted hills.    Little
torn and dirty flags flutter in the rear, � a burial ground.   Godfroy
was in great glory here, as might be imagined.    His store, was, truly the
biggest in the place, a spacious log-building, nearly opposite to
which our vessel lay.   (By the bye, tis the first steamboat
whose paddle-wheels have plashed up this wild western stream, � pro-
pellers three there have been, no steamboats.)      But now to
speak of the Indians.    All the population, save such men as were               
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