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Text for Page 092 [08-19-1853]

              as usual, and pleasant talks.   With a young Massachusetts man,
well read & intimate with books out of the common way, now set-
tled in Wisconsin.    Talk of Western phraseology, and many amusing
stories illustrative of it proffered.     Bed by 11.
  20. Sunday.  At Princes Bay.  Rose an hour or so before day-break, and stepping
forth from my cabin, looked around.   We are quietly at anchor in Princes
Bay, some twenty yards from shore.  Upon it three or four little
deserted miners huts are seen, two fires blazing, (kindled by Frisell
& Sedgwick who with canoe have already gone ashore,)  trees and luxuriant
undergrowth around, and verdure covered hills closing the scene.    The
eastern horizon is flecked with grey clouds, ruddily tinged, though faintly
on the lower edges.         As I with a party of others put off in the boat
the broad bright disc of the glorious sun rose over the
ocean floor, the waters sparkling and leaping in ruddy gold. The moon paling gently 
away in dim loneliness on the west.  A
cold, fresh, welcoming breeze blew the day�s reveille.   Ashore, spying
the inside of the huts, strawberry bushes growing about them, and
rush beds within.    Rambling along a path betwixt the bushes,
dank with dew till arriving at an abandoned copper mine & silver 
mine, all scat-
ter about picking out fragments of beautiful spar and quartz from
a heap which lay adjacent.    This mine has been worked with 
no success, some thousands of 
pounds being lost by an English company � T�was abandoned 7 years back.   A 
swindle.
This Mineral Region ^|however| of the vast lake holds a California of
riches for men who�ve brain and coin to use in mining it.   With
all its mines &c it has but been scratched over.      Return to the
Sam Ward, and onwards.          And now we, steaming north-east-
wards gaze upon many islands, rocky and tree surmounted; far               
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