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Many such walks
and feasts came after, and the sights of earth and taste of meat filled the mortal with a longing to see his people again.
He told his wife that he wanted to go back. She consented, after a time, saying, “Since you are better pleased with
the cares, the ills, the labor, and the poverty of the world than with the comfort and abundance of Sky Land, you may return;
but remember you are still my husband, and beware how you venture to take an earthly maiden for a wife.”
She arose lightly,
clasped Cloud Catcher by the wrist, and began to move with him through the air. The motion lulled him and he fell asleep,
waking at the door of his father’s lodge. His relatives gathered and gave him welcome, and he learned that he had been
in the sky for a year. He took the privations of a hunter’s and warrior’s life less kindly than he thought to,
and after a time he enlivened its monotony by taking to wife a bright-eyed girl of his tribe. In four days she was dead. The
lesson was unheeded and he married again. Shortly after, he stepped from his lodge one evening and never came back. The woods
were filled with a strange radiance on that night, and it is asserted that Cloud Catcher was taken back to the lodge of the
Sun and Moon, and is now content to live in heaven.
THE COFFIN OF SNAKES
No one knew how
it was that Lizon gained the love of Julienne, at L’Anse Creuse (near Detroit), for she was a girl of sweet and pious
disposition, the daughter of a God-fearing farmer, while Lizon was a dark, ill-favored wretch, who had come among the people
nobody knew whence, and lived on the profits of a tap-room where the vilest liquor was sold, and where gaming, fighting, and
carousing were of nightly occurrence. Perhaps they were right in saying that it was witchcraft. He impudently laid siege to
her heart, and when she showed signs of yielding he told her and her friends that he had no intention of marrying her, because
he did not believe in religion.Yet Julienne deserted
her comfortable home and went to live with this disreputable scamp in his disreputable tavern, to the scandal of the community,
and especially of the priest, who found Lizon’s