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Indian Lives and Anecdotes ca. 1886 - 1941 part 7 (ms158_b3f003_007.06.pdf)

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seen a man who showed so much goodness in his face whom we would instinctively trust as we would trust him. In person he was small and rather thin, very much bent and apparently troubled by rheumatism for his hands were much misshapen until [?] the joints.

His wife was rather larger than he but yet not fat. Father says she used to be a woman very [one struck through] of commanding presence and strong intelligence. Even now she seemed one born to rule and a true lady. She was old and so infirm that she could with difficulty rise from her seat but she received us with evident pleasure and conducted communication not without grace, often repeating parts of it to her husband loud enough for him to hear. She wore a red handkerchief twisted above her head.

Sappiel used to be one of the best canoe builders on the island but he is now too old to follow his trade. He was also a good waterman. Sappiel & Louis Ketchum one day in spring on a heavy freshet ran down river from Seboeis (above Patterson's on East Branch) to Oldtown, about 90 miles between daylight and dark. Left Winn about 1 p.m., got in before dark. Ran everything

Description: Pages from Fannie Hardy Eckstorm's notebook 10 (X)

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Language: English

Date: ca. 1886 - 1941

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