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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 84, August 18, 1853

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Identifier: DX04106922

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 84, August 18, 1853

Description: Describes a dance and games at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.


eighty miles of trail, on foot, and sleeping in dank forest will take the starch out of him [Thompson P. McElrath].) Godfroy is on board, with divers whisky bottles and other baggage, and five or six Indians all round him, one young squaw rather good-looking, respecting whom he repeated his former Homeric offer to me. There was any amount of uproar, chaffering and laughing going on, lots of the red vagabonds both ashore and in the canoes were drunk as may be. The crowd on the shore and about was picturesque as ever. Gettings off again, aboard again, canoes every where, a lovely summers evening, the water with scarce a ripple. Up above looking on; — then supper. After, tossing apples, buiscuits, bright new cent pieces among the crowd to scramble for, on which boys, girls, men and women would run, stumble and roll over in the endeavour to clutch them from the long grass. The mirth and fun increased, fellows got on shore again; Montgomery rushing about with a stick and the boys running away from it and him. Close by, nigh a little pond commingling with the river, two squaws were at work building a hut, which they both commenced and completed while we were there. Speculations are put forth as to whether the Sam Ward will put forth that night, for wer’e fast aground. Had we stayed there’d have been much fun and more immorality. Chiefs farewell speech. In an adjoining wigwam, noise of barberous tambour playing is heard, which sets us inquiring for a dance. And after some delay eight men appear from huts, motley attired and paint-besmeared. One had an old soldiers old red coat, with brass about the shoulders, and Indian fixings for the other parts of his anatomy. Another was bare to the middle, had great pads of grass engirdling him| and hideously painted. All had chaplets of painted

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-18

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Steamboats
Ojibwa Indians
Canoes and canoeing
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
Superior, Lake
Great Lakes (North America)
Indians of North America


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