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background. There is also quite a number of natives here. The situation is pretty and very pleasant.

Leaving there we passed numerous islands, all wooded and very stony, and reached our destination at five after a good sail. This is the most picturesque spot on the lake. The banks rising on each side to thirty feet or more and mostly covered with a thick coat of green. There is <1. ferry here put on by the government and worked by Mr. Sifton who seems to own most of the land on the west side. He has a fine residence here and everything around him is on a large scale; he has two stables each of which is one hundred feet long. Mr. Sifton is a jolly good natured sort of man, he is also a regular hustler, which may account for the deviation from straight in his nether limbs.

We crossed on the ferry to the east side (the distance is half a mile) and went to see the limestone quarry which has been opened. The stone is of the best quality, being far better than what comes from Stony Moun tain and is in vast quan ti ties, in fact the whole slope of half a mile appears to be solid rock.

There is a fine site here for a town should a railway ever run through. It is quite a job for one to dirty his feet even if the weather is wet.

Wednesday: - Started back with very little wind. Camped for dinner on Manito-wa-pow or Manitou Island. Towards evening a strong wind from the west sprung up as also did a thunder storm, which made us think of solid land.

We set all our sail and put out our oars, then as the Indian said, "Wa-wah, go fast boy," we did; but got a good ducking from rain and waves which would whack against our boat side and splash over, sometimes nearly half filling it. But "all's well that ends well." We got safely to land which tickled us muchly.

Thursday: - Through the kindness of Mr. Arnet who is manager of the H.B. post we were permitted to come back to West­ bourne in style on their schooner which is the best sailor on the lake. She has a 50 ft. keel and is rigged to stand all weather. Her captain is a fine hearty old native and takes great pride in his boat. We made the run back in nine hours, which took us four days, and she at one time did it in five hours.

In conclusion, let me say that a trip like ours with a good boat would be very enjoyable to parties who like camping out. The scenery after you get to Big Point is really nice. The timbered

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