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accompanied by herself, were picking the desired berries. Carelessly did the “dark-haired maidens” wander on; all at once, a low plaintive song fell upon their ears, and lo! upon the very edge of the frightful precipice stood the hapless Winona. Her song was death-like—she motioned them to keep back—then, one moment more, and Winona, the pride of her tribe, was buried in the clear, cold bosom of Lake Pepin.

Pure woman's love, mysterious power,
From gentlest breast dispels its fear—

Winona, in her darkest hour,
Nought but its whisperings can hear.

O'er that tall rock, her death-song floats,
Deep and despairing love its theme,

Untutor’d nature swells its notes,
Closing life's Sweet, but mad’ning dream.

Pepin thy waters long shall lave,
With swelling stream, yon rock's rude breast;

It marks the Indian maiden's grave,
Where one pure heart has sunk to rest.

CHAPTER WI.

THE PRINCIPAL CITIES — MILWAUKEE – MADISON –
RACINE, ETC.

MILWAUKEE," the largest and most important city in the State, and, after Chicago, the most flourishing on the lakes, is situated on the west shore of Lake Michigan, and on both sides of the Milwaukee river. It is pleasantly located, partly on the flats bordering the river, and on the bluffs rising abruptly from the lake to the height of some 100 feet. The river, running nearly parallel to the lake in a southerly direction, is navigable for the largest steamboats over two miles from its mouth.

As the commercial capital of Wisconsin, its situation demands particular attention. The laws which govern trade and travel are, by the improvements and spirit of the age, reduced to two : — 1st. The shortest route to market; 2d. The quickest and cheapest mode of transportation. The products of the Northwest seek a market upon the Atlantic coast. Heretofore, New York and Boston have monopolized the trade of this region. They will always retain a large share of it; but the recent improvements in the Canadas, and those projected, are rapidly diverting trade to the valley of the St. Lawrence. Business relations are being established between the cities of Quebec, Montreal,

1 For the facts and statistics in this article, we are indebted to the Report of the Board of Trade, prepared by its Secretary, Andrew J. Aikens, Esq.

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