Diary in America: With Remarks on Its Institutions

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CHAPTER XV
The Upper Michigan Peninsula-- Sault Ste. Marie

SAULT STE. MARIE.--Our landlord is a very strange being. It appears that he has been annoyed by some traveller, who has published a work in which he has found fault with the accommodations at Sault Ste. Marie, and spoken very disrespectfully of our host's beds and bed-furniture. I have never read the work, but I am so well aware how frequently travellers fill up their pages with fleas, and "such small gear," that I presume the one in question was short of matter to furnish out his book; yet it was neither just nor liberal on his part to expect at Sault Ste. Marie, where, perhaps, not five travellers arrive in the course of a year, the same accommodations as at New York. The bedsteads certainly were a little ricketty, but everything was very clean and comfortable. The house was not an inn, nor, indeed, did it pretend to be one, but the fare was good and well cooked, and you were waited upon by the host's two pretty modest daughters--not only pretty, but well- informed girls; and considering that this village is the Ultima Thule of this portion of America, I think that a traveller might have been very well content with things as

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