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ON THE PENETANG TRAIL   89

journey," said Mrs. Smith, "the driver, who was drunk, lost control of the horses on the down grade of one of the hills. The body of the stage pitched from side to side, forward and back, the passengers meantime holding on to anything within reach. It is a wonder our necks

were not broken.

"From the `Landing' to Barrie passage was taken by the steamer Bearer the remains of which are now buried beneath the foundation of the local Grand Trunk Station. From Barrie we followed the old Sunnidale or Nine Mile Portage Road to Willow Creek."

I am indebted to Mr. A. F. Hunter for the history of this old highway, which dates back to 1814, and was built in the first place as a military highway. Early in the War of 1812-15 a British force had captured the fort on Mack-

inac Island. Later on the Americans prepared for its recapture. In order to reinforce the British garrison a force was despatched from Kingston in February, 1814. This force marched overland via Toronto to Holland Landing and thence over the ice of Lake Simcoe to Barrie.

A DRUNKEN DRIVER

"The body of the stage pitched from side to side, for-ward and back, the passengers meantime holding on to any-thing within reach."

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