Cheboygan, Mi. Democrat Steam Print, 1889. ,246,pp. Original printed wrappers. Small portion of front wrapper repaired, wrappers chipped, spine partially perished. Contents moderately toned. Good. In a red half morocco and cloth slipcase and chemise, spine gilt. Item #WRCAM54293
A legendary rarity of Michigan pioneer life and life in the lumber camps. Fitzmaurice lived among the lumberjacks and accurately represented the details of their lives and their work. He also inaugurated the practice of Sunday afternoon talks in the lumber camps to encourage temperance and sobriety. "The author was an ordained minister and temperance lecturer. He came to the Saginaw Valley in 1870 and became a journalist. This is the story of the lumberjack in the pine woods...The book is excellently written. It contains some 'shanty boy' songs, and the doings in a lumber camp seen by a keen observer. It tells of the first introduction of the iron track and steam locomotive in the lumbering industry...[and] of the establishment at the village of River De Noire of a notorious 'bull pen'; also 'how the Shanty Boy earns his money and how he spends it - saving at the spigot and letting run at the bung'" - Greenly. "As a narrative of the lumbering industry unequalled; as a picture of Michigan pioneer life comparable to Nowlin's THE BARK COVERED HOUSE" - Howes. "Most copies appear to have found their market in the lumber camps,where it was very popular, and from whence few emerged. A legendary rarity in the field of Michiganiana" - MIDLAND NOTES. Greenly located only four copies of this rare pioneering book, and no copy has sold at auction since the Streeter sale. STREETER SALE 1402. HOWES F167, "b." GREENLY MICHIGAN 104. MIDLAND NOTES 81:326. GRAFF 1343.