from the west.
,’ said they, ‘is the chief
and lord of the country you are in; wait till he can see you with his own eyes.’
met, the savage chieftain asked,—‘How have you dared to enter my country without my leave?’
‘I come,’ replied tile English agent, ‘with no design against the Indians, but to remove the French
out of your country;’ and he gave the wampum of peace.
returned a belt, which arrested the march of the party, till his leave should be granted.
The next day, the chief sent presents of bags of parched corn, and, at a second meeting, smoked the calumet with the American
leader, inviting him to pass onward unmolested, with an escort of warriors, to assist in driving his herd of oxen along the shore.
To the tribes southeast of Erie
he sent word that the strangers came with his consent; yet while he studied to inform himself how wool could be changed into cloth, how iron could be extracted from the earth, how warriors could be disciplined like the English
, he spoke as an independent prince, who would not brook the presence of white men within his dominions but at his pleasure.
After this interview, Rogers
hastened to the straits which connect Erie
and St. Clair
, and took possession of Detroit
Thus was Michigan
won by Great Britain
, yet not for itself.
There were those