"The Rescue of Francis Houle"

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"December 10, 1797 7:30 PM"

"Night came on; I could no longer see the compass and had to trust to the wind; The weather became mild with small rain, but the storm continued with darkness; some of the foremost called to lie down where we were , but as it was evident we were ascending a gentle rising ground, we continued and soon, thank good Providence, my face struck against some oak saplings, and I passed the word that we were in the woods. A fire was quickly made, and as it was on an elevated place, it was seen afar off; as yet the only one with me was my servant who led the horse, and we anxiously waited the others. They came hardly able to move, one, and then another, and in half an hour nine had arrived, each with dogs and sleds, but one man and a sled with the dogs were missing. To search for the latter was useless, but how to find the former, we were at a loss and remained so for another half hour, when we thought we heard his voice. The storm was still raging; we extended ourselves within call of each other; the most distant man heard him plainly, went to him, raised him up, and with assistance brought him to the fire..."

"At 7:30 PM thermometer 36 degrees... making in little over twelve hours a difference of temperature of fifty-six degrees... this was the most distressing day I had yet seen.