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Text for Page 088 [08-19-1853]

              viands having been brought from the steamboat.     But we came
off poorly, and were fain to get rowed back to the Sam Ward,
there to dine easily.    All sorts of speculations about our sticking
fast.  About the �Baltimore� steamer that is expected to follow
in our track, � whether we shall lie here until she tows us off.
Canoes with Lewis & cosmopolitan Frisell, Hacker & Sedgwick
have gone lake-wards, also Northberry. Despondent and joyous passengers.  All the 
	wood has
been thrown overboard; and the coal is being transported ashore in I meet one 
gentleman in varnished shoes who�s very dismal indeed, and inclined to look 
upon our Captain as a miscreant.
boats, everything superfluous disposed of, by way of lightening the
vessel.     Such passengers as are not ashore are incessantly occupied
in rushing from one side to the other, hauling ropes and howling.
I remain in cabin.   Supper time, previous to which I join in ano-
ther unsuccessful attempt to �roll� the vessel.      Another after supper,
the ladies joining above, enthusiastically.      Every body aboard rushing
frantically, stamping, jumping and howling, till in a confused
mass they reach the opposite side, where they look up at the pretty
faces above who have emulated them, in the race.        The great
object is effected. The vessel rolls � is clear !  Scouts come back.  Strange men appear 
aboard.
One, a six feet, red shirted, rough spoken, bearded, capped �Lake
man hight �Gassy Jack�. worth looking on. He appeared to wish to make up for his, 
stupidity by profanity.  I hear of the afternoons spree-ings on
the shore.    Fires built, champagne and brandy drank.
Fellows drunken, others holding pow-wows and doing Ojib-way
dances round �em. Burying the one in the blanket-coat, Indian fashion.  Lewis is back, 
	with a branch of [Kinikinit?]
which the Indians use for smoking. Remarkable sunset.   Frisell & the others are
back, much later, having paddled to the Lake, and visited
a lodge of Indians, two returning with them in Mackinaw boat
belonging to the Steamboat.    They describe the view as seen from               
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