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with whom he traded for skins and furs. Tornell was shot by
an Indian in 1847. The murderer was brought to trial and
condemned to be hanged by a jury composed of settlers from
Stillwater, Marine, and other places along the river. This sentence
was carried out at St. Croix Falls. Almost the whole white
population in the region, about fifty people in all, were present at
the trial. It was feared that the Indians, who had gathered in
large numbers for the occasion, would make some attempts to free
the prisoner, but although they were about 400 warriors, quietly
and peaceably they saw the wrongdoer expiate the penalty.

Another Swede who lived among the redskins around Lake
Superior and the St. Croix River long before any other white man
had built a home there was Jacob Falstrom. Of this man Falstrom
it is said that he was born in Stockholm or in its vicinity.
At the age of twelve he accompanied an uncle to England. From
this place he must have worked for a while as a sailor until we
again find him at Hudson Bay, where he appears to have worked
for the company bearing that name. During his sojourn at
Hudson Bay, Falstrom got lost on a hunting trip. After wandering
in the woods for several days, he was found tired and hungry
by a band of Indians. It is not known to what tribe they
belonged. He stayed with these Indians for some time. After
numberless marches in the great forests Falstrom and his
followers again arrived in the neighborhood of Lake Superior. Here
they came into conflict with a detachment of Chippewa Indians,
who were victorious and took both Falstrom and a part of the
unknown Indian tribe prisoners. The victors set their red
prisoners free, but Falstrom remained with the Chippewa tribe. He
married a squaw, half negro and half Indian, and lived with
these redskins during a period of twenty-five years. During this
time Falstrom again got lost while on a hunting trip. He wandered
in the woods for eighteen days without food and without
finding a single human being.

His ammunition had become exhausted, so he had to support
himself on wild roots and decayed fish, which he found floating
along the shores of the lakes that he passed. After living many
years among the redskins, Falstrom finally came into association
with white people again. Here, in the region of the St. Croix
River, he again found his own countrymen—Swedes. He had by

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