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Text for Page 094 [08-20-1853]

              blackened by fire.        Isle Royal, to which we are now nearing
far on our right.                   Aha! what a scene must this present
albeit visible to no human ken in wild water.      When the death
cold winds rage shrilly over snow hidden crag and promontory,
when the giant ice-masses jar and crash all over the lake,
when the northern lights and Borealis glory stream upwards; and
the mad surf dashes over sunken rock and promontory�s base; � 
then, then it must be grand to look upon!  /             To one Thun-
der cape, on approaching it, looked like a vast Volcano, with one
side reft away.     /       Frisell suggested, and carried out the how, a
noble hosted for the summer months would pay here.   The notion
will bear simplifying in print.       /        Onwards bearing towards the
south east, the day one of unclouded splendor; islets and rocks
innumerable as we coast the eastern extremity of Isle Royal,
with its, long, wave worn projections, like unto their ap-
pelations, the Fingers.       Some broken off and wave-engirdled,
covered with fir and pine, but barren, barren of aught else.    Loons
and a few gulls about.    At Rock Harbour, south east of Isle
Royal, clear green water dashing against the little roughly formed pier.
All disembarking, some taking canoes and paddling off to the islets in
search of overmuch talked off agates.   I, with Frisell and others to
witness the mining contrivances.     Sheds, pits, shafts and machinery,
it being Sunday no operations going on.        Frisell�s opinion was that the
mine was a non-paying humbug, and in faith I think he was
right.   These were chunks of dubious looking Heard a favourable opinion however of a 
practical man after [stocks?] at par. copper lying at a pit-
mouth, & t�was the belief of another that they had been transported
hither from the southern shore.        All the trees about this settle-               
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