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Text for Page 086 [08-19-1853]

              sand casks emptied of their contents into the river, and all concei-
vable done to lighten the vessel, but we stick fast in the river
mud.   Breakfast over, all the masculines are in request on the lower
deck, for the purpose of rushing in a body from one side to the other,
to �roll� the vessel. But little is, however effected.   It is in-
timated to the Captain that we�re all ready to do any-thing. So
we�re exhorted to go ashore and amuse ourselves.  An adventurous
gentleman lowers himself into one of the recently purchased canoes,
to his own imminent peril, and the extreme amusement of the crowd
of lookers on.   The slightest divergement from his centre of gravity
causes oscillation. He sits on the stern, and upwards of half
of the other end of the canoe remains elevated above water, stout like,
while he paddles round in uncertain gyrations.       Ironical greetings
and advice are showered upon him.    Swan exhots him not to shift
his chaw of tobacco from one cheek to the other, as incontinent immersion
must be the result.      But another descending into the fore-part,
canoe is righted, and paddled swiftly to the green shore.   It
is a lovely spot, where we lay all this live-long day.   Three or four
little bayous, hills all verdure clad, the exquisite green
mirrored of a deeper hue in the chocolate colored water .   We
crowd into boat, and are landed on this Wisconsin shore, with
some little difficulty.    Up the steep thicket clad hill side, tall
grass and wild weeds wet with the mornings dew, and reaching to the
middle.       All scatter.   I go nut-picking, for hazel bushes are
every where.       A pocketful acquired, I ramble inland, where pre-
sently the grass and under-wood ceases, tall trees grow, and �tis
easier locomotion.       A long exploratory ramble, and then a detour               
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