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Lake,” where were several Indian wig wams; and when there, we could obtain soinething to eat, even if it was not of the choicest kiud. At about noon we reached the First Lake, and seeing moccasin tracks in the snow, we followed them a short distance to a wigwam, but found it tententless. After searching it from top to bottom, we found a few coll roasted potatoes, which, we assure you, (ufter having tasted for twenty-four hours,) relished well. We remained in this wigwain an hour or two, and then passed on to the point where Madison is now located. At that time, neither the axe, nor “the shovel and the hoe,” had been hung up or laid down in that vicinity. It was nearly sundown when we crossed the Third Lake. After travelling over the first eminence-where. the Capitol now stands--we struck a lavine, (between Capitol. square and the present site of the University.) where we made a halt, struck up a fire, and encamped for the night, without even making any inquiry about supper. The cold potatoes which we ate at noon, supplied the place of breakfast, dinner and supper. The weather had moderated a little, which, together with the hardships of the jouruey, and our extreme fatigué, cansed us to sleep quite comfortably during the night. The next morning we crossed Fonrth Lake, a distance of about four miles, where we saw a small log cabin, which was the first building of the kind we had seen since leaving Fort Atkinson. We knocked at the door, but all was silent. We were both cold and hungry, and the sight of a cabin was some relief. We did not wait for ceremony, but bolted in, where we fonnd a sqnaw and some four or five pappooves. We spoke to her in the Pottawatamie language, but she wade no reply. We were soon satisfied that she did not understand us.
We then made all the signs that our Indian education or ingenuity would adınit of, to show her that we were hungry; but all in vain. We expected that her husband would soon cume in and kick us out of doors, without waiting for an explanation, and were at a loss what to do. A white man, however, soon came in, spoke to us in good English, and seemed glad to see ns. He informed us that he was a Canadian, that the equaw was his wife, and that the children
were also his. The sqnaw belonged to the Winnebago tribe, and spoke a different language from the other Indians in the vicinity. Hu had been an Indian trader there for years. The lands which he had cultivated had been sold without his knowledgo; for, in fact, he took no interest in anything, except trading in furs, &c. His wife, on being made acquainted with our wants, flew around and prepared for us a supper. It was a kind of pot pie, which relished very well. After finishing our meal, we inquired what kind of meat we had eaten, and were informed that it was musk rat.We remained there till morning, and then left for the “Blue Monnds." In the meantime, we had become blind, from the effect of sore eyes, caused by too frequent exposure of our ocular organs to the smoke.
At Blue Mounds we found Mr. EBENEZER BRIGHAM, who still resides there. By this time, our eyes bad become so sore, that we could not bear the light. We remained at the Mounds a day or two, while our friend Story went on to Mineral Point. Being anxious to arrive at the diggings,” whether we were able to see or not, we hired an Indian to lead our pony, mounted upon his back, and proceeded to Mineral Point. We were obliged to ride blindfolded, to protect our eyes from the wind. We arrived at the Point a little after dark, on Sunday evening. We were conducted into a room at the principal hotel, kept by Mr. Nicuous; but still kept our eyes bandaged. There were all kinds of fuu, sports and music going on in the room. After sitting a while, we removed the bandage from our eyes, washed them, and found that they were much better. Such a sight as presented itself to our view, we never saw before or since. It seemed that the miners were in the habit of assembling there on Saturday nights, to drink, gamble and frolic until Monday morning. The house was composed of three or four log cabins put together, with passage ways cnt from one to another. This was the only public house in the place. The bar room, in which we were sitting, contained a large bar, well supplied with all kinds of liquors. In one corner ol the room, was a Faro Bank, discounting to a crowd around it; in ano
ther corner a Roulette; and in another, sat a party engaged in playing at cards. One man sat back in a corner, playing a fidale, to whose music two others were dancing in the middle of the room. Hundreds of dollars were lying upon the tables; and among the crowd were the principal men of the Territory-men who held high and responsible offices then, and do now. Being pretty much worn out by our journey, we expressed a wish to retire. The landlord showed us through a dark room, and opened the door of azother, in which two men were also playing at cards, and a third lay drunk upon the floor. The landlord sat down his light, seized the drunken man by the collar, and dragged him into the next room. He soon returned, and informed us that we could choose between the beds—there being two in the room—and bid us good night. We sat down upon the side of the bed, and began to figure in our mind upon the chances. We had several hundred dollars in our pocket, which we had brought with us, for the purpose of entering land.* We imagined that in case they should get short,” they might call for our "pile.”
After studying a while, we threw down the outside blanket, and quietly crawled into bed with all our clothes on, except cap and boots. We had a good bowie-knife in our belt, and a pistol in each pocket; we clasped a pistol in each hand, and in this way we lay until daylight, and a longer night we never wish to see.When daylight made its appearance, we got op; our room mates were still playing at cards. On going out to the bar-room, we found that the crowd had mostly disappeared; there were here and there one or two asleep around the room, and all was still.The next day, our companion, (Mr. Story,) who had been visiting some friends near by, came round. We entered our lands and returned to the Blue Mounds, where we laid in a store of provisions and left for home, which we reached in four days, having learned the way, the fare, the manners and customs of the miners, and have seen enough of travelling in a new country to last us from that time to the present.
* Perhaps it would be well to state bere, in connection with this fact, that this was previons to our connection with politics or newspapers,
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