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Summer Resorts of the Mackinaw Region, and Adjacent Localities free pdf Excerpt from Summer Resorts of the Mackinaw Region, and Adjacent Localities During our first winter on Mackinac Island we were three weeks, and very long weeks at that, without any intelligence from the outside world. We well remember how anxiously we awaited the first overland mail. Opera glasses were daily pointed across the straits Cheboyganward in search of some approaching mail carrier. Finally, some one, more enterprising in the use of his opera glass than his neighbors, discovered something on the ice some 15 miles away toward Cheboygan which might possibly be a mail carrier. The news went through the town like wildfire and in twenty minutes half the people on the Island were in the streets. The something was certainly approaching the Island. Within an hour it resolved itself into an Indian pony, a sleigh and a man, and everybody was fully convinced that the mail was actually coming. One fact, however, caused a good deal of anxiety. While the south channel between Bois Blanc and the mainland was frozen over there was no ice about the Island and grave fears were entertained for the safety of the approaching carrier. On and on he came, however, as if regardless of danger and more and more intense became the excitement among the people. When within a short distance of the open waters he turned his course, landed on Bois Blanc Island and came across in a boat very much to the relief of everybody. During our second winter on Mackinac Island we were seven weeks without a mail. The great difficulty in this case was in the fact that the straits were constantly full of floating ice yet did not freeze over until about the 20th of February. This time the waiting was much more tedious than before in short patience ceased entirely to be a virtue. Before the seven weeks came to an end the Mackinawians just about concluded that they could live without the rest of the world, if the rest of the world could live without them. The spell was broken this time by two half-breeds who for a liberal sum of money performed the perilous feat of crossing the straits and bringing the mail over. Crossing the straits in winter time was perilous under the most favorable circumstances. No one ever knew at just what moment he might set foot on some treacherous piece of ice which would let him down into the water. Many a poor fellow has thus found a watery grave when he least expected it. The Indians and half-breeds, however, were always ready to attempt a crossing, no matter how perilous such an attempt might be. If the crossing was to be made with a horse they were always armed with an ax and a rope. If the horse broke through the rope was at once placed about his neck and he was choked until he bloated and lay upon the surface of the water like a puff-ball, when he was easily drawn out. The Indians sometimes crossed on newly frozen ice, which was so thin that they could not stand upon it at all, by lying lengthwise upon a board or dog sleigh and being drawn over by their dogs. If the crossing was to be made on foot at a time when the ice was not thought to be reliable two men always went together. Taking a firm hold of the opposite ends of a long rope they proceeded on their journey. If one broke through the other pulled him out, if the other broke through the one pulled him out, and if both broke through together they pulled each other out and proceeded on their journey. To us this seemed a very practical illustration of the "you help me and I will help you" principle. We never felt strongly inclined however, to make any practical experiments in this direction. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com

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Author : J a Van Fleet
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1332201989
EAN : 9781332201983
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 60 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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