Ioway to Iowa: The Genesis of a Corn and Bible Commonwealth

Ioway to Iowa: The Genesis of a Corn and Bible Commonwealth

Ioway to Iowa: The Genesis of a Corn and Bible Commonwealth

Ioway to Iowa: The Genesis of a Corn and Bible Commonwealth

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'HERE WE ARE', exclaims Father Marquette, 'on this so renowned River'... Seven days drop by, and seven nights : seven days at the paddle (in the sun); seven nights with the owl 1 (beneath a moon) 2; seven days and nights of the unknown; when, lo! the eighth day and with it a consummation. If Iowa will not contrive for itself an entrance upon the stage, Jolliet and Marquette will contrive one for it. They will prompt the action.

Before them lies a path with the print of a human foot. They were startled, writes Parkman, by a sight often so fearful in the waste and the wilderness--the print of a human foot. They take the path and come upon a river. It is the Iowa (Lower or Cedar-Iowa) 3 with a village (that of the Peouarea) 4 on the bank. They shout aloud. Out from the cabins pour 'wild men'. Four aged ones advance bearing tobacco pipes. Measuredly and in silence advance the men. 'Who are you?' hails Father Marquette. 'We are Illinois', they answer and invite the strangers to follow them. At the door of a cabin stands an aged one. Standing erect, and stark naked, with his hands extended and . . .

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