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not the grizzly old fellow then that I am now). Soon an old wa-kon-ka came sidling up like a crab, and gave me a kiss; then came another, and another, until, young and old, I had kissed and been kissed by forty-eight squaws. I kept an exact tally, especially of the young and pretty ones. They all got their gingerbread and dresses, and went away very happy; whether their joy rested wholly on the cakes and calico, I never was exactly satisfied in my own mind. So you see the civilized and the savage do not differ very much in their methods of amusing themselves. It is a serious question whether modern innovations will be an improvement over the past in such matters.

EARLY SOCIAL CONDITIONS.

St. Paul from its earliest settlement was a social phenomenon. Our ideas of a frontier Mississippi river town of forty years ago, naturally suggest everything but culture, refinement and elegance; yet St. Paul possessed them all in a very marked degree. By a singularly happy combination of circumstances, differing absolutely from all other remote frontier towns that I know of, the earliest settlers, who gave the place its social tone and character, were cultivated gentlemen and ladies. Dr. Borup was a Dane; he was a fine musician; he had a charming family; he erected a spacious and, for that day, elegant mansion, and entertained profusely. I have attended musical soirées at his house, led by himself with the violin, accompanied by two grand pianos played by members of his family.

Mr. William Sitgreaves Cox, an old navy officer, was a charming gentleman, at the head of one of the most interesting, cultivated and refined families it was ever my good fortune to become acquainted with. One of his daughters, Miss Hitty, was so accomplished a musician, that it was said she never played anything but music of her own composition. Another daughter, Mrs. Pope, who presided in his household, used to entertain the friends of the family at grand dinners and petits souper's , that would have made the habitués of Washington and Newport green with envy.

Mr. John E. Warren, and his brilliant and beautiful wife, maintained an establishment, to enjoy the privileges of which was a liberal education, and a joy forever. The mere recollection

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Title
Reminiscences of Minnesota during the territorial period
Contributor Names
Flandrau, Charles E. (Charles Eugene), 1828-1903.
Minnesota Historical Society.
Created / Published
St. Paul, Minn. : Published for the Society, 1901.
Subject Headings
-  Frontier and pioneer life--Minnesota
-  Minnesota--Description and travel
Notes
-  "Read before the Society, April 25, 1898."
-  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
Medium
p. [197]-222 ; 23 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
F601 .M66 vol. 9
Source Collection
Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. v. 9, p. 197-222
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http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gdc/lhbum.0866d_0217_0242
Library of Congress Control Number
18009113
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