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Beyond Penn's Treaty

A Mission to the Indians from the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting to Fort Wayne, in 1804

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At the foot of the Rapids we lodged all night at
the house of a Canadian trader, who treated us
with great respect, and, though a tavern-keeper,
would receive no pay from us for our supper,
lodgings, or breakfast. A considerable encamp-
ment of Indians, who had come to trade with
him was near his house. They were very merry
for a great part of the night, keeping up a con-
tinued sound of their favorite instruments of
music, amongst them the drum and fife. The
former is made of part of the body of a hollow
tree, with the ends covered with deer skin, upon
which they beat with sticks, the latter they
make of reed into which they bore holes some-
what in imitation of a fife. The foot of the
Rapids is rendered well known in American his-
tory, as having been a place of frequent ren-
dezvous by the Indians, previous to their defeat
by General Wayne

. Here also the Indians burnt
many of the white men who were taken prisoners
by them. To this place Wayne marched, and
here he met and defeated the Indian army.

About eight miles above the foot of the Rapids
and near the centre of the river, in a very rapid
situation, is a noted rock called by the Cana-
dians, Rochede Bout, (or standing rock.) This
rock is about thirty feet in height above the
surface of the water, and the same in diameter.
The top has the regular appearance of the roof
of a house, and the body of the rock is circular.
Its appearance is additionally handsome from