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BY WAY OF YONGE STREET   155

the country the Indians ceased to visit the place.

It was at that time a low, swampy neighbour-hood, and before it was cleared up there frequently appeared before the gaze of alarmed settlers a fitful phosphorescent glow dancing over decayed logs. The belief was spread that it was the spirits of departed red men looking for the mourning relatives who came no more. But, with the clearing of the land, the uneasy spirits of the woods disappeared, and now the dead lie silent and still while the night wind sighs in the swaying tops of the evergreens above. There they lie :

 

"Unknown and unnoticed.

Daily the tides of life go ebbing and flowing beside them;

Thousands of throbbing hearts where theirs are at rest and forever,

Thousands of aching brains, where theirs

have ceased from their labours, Thousands of weary feet, where theirs have

completed the journey."

 

Here and there over nearly the whole of Ontario, the pioneers found traces of Indian occupation before the coming of the white man, Few localities had a richer store of reminders of a passing race than the township of Nottawasaga. When the Mad River covered the present site of Creemore and deer licks existed on the Currie farm near that village, this township was a favourite fishing and hunting ground for the Indians. On the Melville farm on the fourth concession, a plow one day struck a soft place


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