History of the Old Towns, Norridgewock and Canaan

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Law - 196 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1849 Excerpt: ... INDIAN HISTORY. The valley of the Kennebec, to the lover of natural and artificial beauty, presents one of the most charming panoramic views to be found in this country, which so abounds in all that delights the eye, and gratifies an elevated taste. From the river's source in the unfathomable waters of Moose-Head Lake, to its union with the Atlantic, it is an uninterrupted series of beautiful and picturesque views. Its blue waters flow smoothly along their pellucid course, dash over steep precipices in snowy cascades, or break into slight ripples and mimic waterfalls that fill the summer air with music, or gleam in beauty amidst the ice of winter. Now they dash against rocky shores, wash grassy slopes, or beat among the roots of forest trees, and anon slide up the sandy shores of level plains. Here they narrow into the swift current, chafing the shores, and soon they expand into the broad and peaceful bay. Occasionally the verdant loveliness of the scene is relieved by the bold outlines of distant mountains, that loom up into the clear air, or are craped and shrouded by wandering clouds. Fertility teems along the shores, and smiles on all the plains. Along the first course of the river, occasional farmhouses dot the vales, and cheer the loneliness of the scene, but as the river passes on its way, villages appear, and the smoke ascends from many quiet homesteads, grouped peacefully together, and as the river broadens and deepens, the slight canoes and scarcely heavier batteaux give place to the snow-white sails of vessels, and the swift steamboat; while the roar and din of populous cities fill the surround. ing air with the sound of business, and the unceasing noise of Human Life. The White Man, with all the tumult of civilized life, fills the waters with hi...

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