9780217675673: Adirondack Tales

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1878. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... PART I. CHAPTER I. THE BEAVER'S LODGE. "For men like these on earth he shall not find In all the miscreant race of human kind." Homer (pope's Translation). IT was early autumn, and the woods were only just beginning to take to themselves the variegated colours which make our northern forests a wonder to foreigners and an annual delight to those who live within sight of their glorious changes, that two men might have been seen forcing their way through the underbush of a tamarack swamp, which divided two small lakes near the centre of the wilderness. On the shoulders and head of one was balanced a birch canoe, larger than the average make, while the other was literally loaded down beneath a monstrous pack-basket, which was not only full of camp and trapping materials, but had tied to it a dozen and - one articles for culinary and camp use. In a few moments the man under the canoe came to a halt, and laying it gently on the ground, he turned to his companion and said: "Come, Henry, let's halt a minit and git breath. This is sartinly a tough carry, and ye are loaded like a sinner at the Day of Jedgment, when, as I have heerd the missioners say, mortals will be summoned into court with all their devilments on top of 'em. And while ye have nothin' that an honest man need be ashamed of, even in front of the Lord, yit I will say that ye are mighty heavily cumbered with the fixin's, for sartin, arid yer legs must feel in a rebellious state agin sech treatment as ye've been givin' 'em for the last mile ; for if there's anything that will set the sinews in a man's thighs twichin' and sort of knottin'-up like, it's fetchin' a carry through a tamarack swamp like this, with a whole camp on his back, and no bottom worth speakin' on under him. That's right; settle down there o...

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