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Text for Page 095 [08-20-1853]

              ment, � (it might number thirty huts,) were burnt or hewn down,
there was little or no cultivation, and I opine if people die there
that remains must be disposed of in the lake, for their can�t be
soil enow to bury �em.      Blazing hot sun-light overhead.     Return
to vessel, I having narrowly missed breaking my leg, by the giving
way of a treacherous plank, however I �scaped with bruises.    Much
bell ringing for the agate-hunters, somuch that I gan to believe
with the Tusk bells to be of diabolic origin.      They returning with
no great success as to the coveted stones, but lots of small green stones,
the which some enthusiasts had paid many $5 to Isle Royalers, for
pickle bottles half full.        Folks and cargo aboard � (and touching
thus stone gathering, perchance had our Eastern-born Captain bidden
passengers to pitch over their mineral and metallic acquisitions, on the
day of the St Louis River detention, it might have availed,) off
we steam southwards across the lake.        Naught but dancing waves
all the afternoon, so I dozed.        Eagle Harbour, and folks
going ashore.       Frisell, (intent on visiting the mines, with
a view to $ realization and speculations,)  Norris, pretty Mrs
Burtonshaw, ugly, rude and brainless Mrs Bennett, (sister to red-
mustache,) and others.         Then, wood being gotten aboard, for the
first time since we left La pointe, off again, for Copper Har-
bour.       I am sitting scribbling when I am bidden to come look
at the comet.  So in the stern part of the vessel, where the
girls are crowded, Newberry & others there, I take a peep through
Smith�s (Toledo man) glass.        A beautiful comet truly, south-
wards of the Bear,  star clear and sharply defined, and a 
[word crossed out] tail streaming upwards in pale glory, to one�s eye perchance               
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