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1863, July
Gift of
Henry G. Lenny, 829.
(Class of 1852.)

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by


In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.



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"COULD you not tell us a traveller's story of some strange people that we have never heard of before?" said Harry to his mother, the next evening.


After a moment or two of thought, Mrs. Chilton said, "Yes, I will tell you about a people who are great travellers. They take journeys every year of their lives. They dislike cold weather so much that they go always before winter, so as to find a warmer climate.

They usually meet together, fathers, mothers, and children, as well as uncles, aunts, and cousins, but more especially grandfathers and grandmothers, and decide whither they shall go. As their party is so large, it is important that they should make a good decision.

When they are all prepared, and their mind quite made up, they all set off together. I am told that they make as much noise, on this occasion, as our people make at a townmeeting; but as I was never present at one of the powwows of these remarkable travellers, I cannot sav."

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"What is a powwow?" asked Harry.

"It is the name the Indians give to their council meetings," replied Mrs. Chilton.

She went on. "This people, so fond of travelling, have no great learning; they write no books; they have no geographies, no steamboats, no railroads, but yet never mistake their way."


"Four-footed travellers, I guess," said Harry. By no means; they have no more legs than any other great travellers; but you must not interrupt me.

Well, to go back to our travellers; every one is ready and glad to prepare apartments for them, such as they like. They are SO lively, so merry, and good-natured, that they find a welcome every where. They are such an easy, sociable set of folks that they like a

house thus prepared for them just as well as if they had built it themselves.

I have been told that when they arrive at any place, before they wash themselves, or brush off the dust of their journey, they will go directly to one of these houses that has been prepared for them, and examine every part of it; and, if they like it, they seem to think they have, of course, a right to it, and they take possession directly, and say, 'Thank you' to nobody.

No one is affronted with them; but every one is ready and glad to accommodate the strangers as well as he can, merely for the sake of their good company. They come to us in May, and leave our part of the country in August, to visit other lands.

The great reason, I think, that all the

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