Ho-nee-um trail in the fall
Kline, Virginia; Brown, Charles E.
[Indian legends and stories about Ho-nee-um Pond], pp. 2-6
THE MARSTON SPRING (Arboretum Story) Written by Charles E. Brown All of the old settlers of this old Monroe Street neighborhood once resorted to this fine spring, which flows near the edge of the Kenneth Jensen Wheeler council ring in the University Arboretum, for their daily supply of spring water. This little story about this spring was told to the writer by a former resident of the vicinity during a recent gathering at the council ring (June 11, 1938). When he was a boy his mother once sent him with two wooden buckets to be filled with water at the spring. These he carried by means of a wooden yoke. At the spring the boy filled his pails. These he left beside the spring while he wandered down along the stream. Near where it entered the lake he caught two medium-sized mud turtles. These he thought a real prize. Of course he wanted to take them home. His hands would be full with the pails so he at first tried to carry them by putting them in the bosom of his flannel shirt. They scratched his skin in crawling around so he took them out. He thought it would be all right to put one in each of the pails of spring water especially if he took them out before going into the house. This done, he shouldered his yoke and carried the pails home. In the yard he met his mother who was horrified to see the turtles in the pails. After she had scolded him and cuffed him well she sent him back to the spring again after two more pails of water. So he was well punished for bringing home turtles in her water pails. 5
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