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Text for Page 099 [08-21-1853]

              below, many keeping it up all night.
  22.  Tuesday.  Nought to be descried but the wide waters, and
all anticipations astir about reaching the Sault.  This we effected by
7 1/2 A M.       I, with the privileged tarried & breakfasted aboard the
Ward, & then sitting on the baggage cart, was with it conveyed across
the portage to the Pacific.    Got much matter from the driver touching
the Sault.    He held that the completion of the ship-canal would smash the
place, inasmuch as vessels would pass through to Superior, without stopping,
everything necessary being procurable at much cheaper rates at the large cities
below.    The St Marie folk do no more fishing in the rapids near, than
is needed for their own wants, & tis no picturesque place, like Mackinac
to invite tourists stay, so it has but little prospect of thriving.
Aboard the Pacific, greetings with Frank Noble & others, and after
two hours delay, during which we saw the laggard Baltimore come
in, above the Portage; off we start adown the river.    Of it, bathe and
its p scenery heretofore gone over I say naught. But the wind blew
fiercely, the water raged and roared, and �twas as rough as ever I
experienced it on the Atlantic.   Staggering, reeling, lamp-swinging
to and fro, chair and table upsetting, and sudden disappearances into
cabins after an excessively good diner, were the order of the day.    I am
as usual all right, and in the afternoon have a snug doze in Swan�s
berth, Kinder above, and a chat with him after.     He has circum-
navigated the world, talked much of China & California.   By
5 o�clock Mackinac�s tall lime-stone cliffs are descried, and
I sit down to supper beside Mr Greenwood & his son, with the 
knowledge that I shall disembark in an hour or two�s space.
A great bustle on the little dock, men shouting the name of the               
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