Woods and Lakes of Maine: A Trip from Moosehead Lake to New Brunswick in a Birch-bark Canoe : to which are Added Some Indian Place-names and Their Meanings Now First Published

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Ticknor and Company, 1883 - Canoes and canoeing - 223 pages
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Page 20 - A New Map of the Province of Quebec according to the Royal Proclamation of the 7th of October, 1763, from the French Surveys connected with those made after the war, by Captain Carver and other Officers in His Majesty's Service.
Page 194 - ... River, Mississippi. An Indian word, meaning "tumbling water." Amalthea; village in Franklin County, Ohio, named for the nurse of Jupiter. Amarg-osa; river in California. A Spanish word, meaning " bitter water." Ambajeejus; lake, and falls in the Penobscot River, Maine. An Indian word, referring to the two large, round rocks in the lake, one on top of the other. Ambajemackomas; fall in the Penobscot River, Maine. An Indian word, meaning "little cross pond.
Page 25 - Indian imagination, however, did not stop here. The two main arms of the lake, which extend north and south, one on each side of the "moose", with their numberless bays and coves, form the animal's antlers with broad blades and branching prongs.
Page 73 - It filled a tray about two and a half feet long by one and a half feet wide and about five inches deep.
Page 23 - While on his way through the forests, one day, he came upon two moose, hurriedly dropped his pack, and started in pursuit of them. The smaller moose, Kineo Mountain, was soon overtaken and killed. The chief, after boiling some of the meat, turned his kettle upside down, so that it should not rust, took up the trail of the larger moose, and followed the latter down to Castine, where he killed and dressed it.
Page 36 - Who can describe the sweetness of that first whiff of forest aroma! The drying branches of some prostrate fir-tree load the air with a fragrance one would fain drink in in never-ending draughts. Our old friends, the birches, nod a joyous welcome, as they rustle in the rising breeze. The bushes, berries, wild-flowers, mosses and lichens, all revive some pleasant memory. Our pulses throb with new life, our step grows elastic, and we are already creatures of a different mould from yesterday.
Page 55 - The act of running rapids in a canoe is always exhilarating. To a person of good nerves who tries it for the first time, it is apt to be nothing but pleasurable; but one who knows its dangers never enters upon it without some slight fear or trepidation. And yet, the danger passed, one is ever ready to face it again — with a skilful steersman.
Page 170 - Stopper cord consists of conical rolls of very elastic rubber, about 4 feet in length, and varying in diameter from one-half an inch at one end to an inch and a half at the other.
Page 187 - Above their topmost peaks summer clouds are floating, and on their forest slopes shadows rest awhile, only to follow others that have gone before. The ever-present and ever-changing waters at their base give out their glad welcome in rippling smiles, or in silence show the peace that lies in their tranquil bosom. The old familiar brook bubbles out its wonted song of yore, ever tumbling onward and disporting in wild glee among the rocks that strew its bed, or, nestling in some darksome pool, gives...
Page 186 - Lake, we had come one hundred and sixty miles through the heart of the wilderness. The keen enjoyment of many hours had made ample amends for the few hardships we had undergone, while the lessons we had had of Nature's teaching will form a priceless treasure-book, of which, when we are far removed from her schoolhouse, we may turn the leaves anew, and read again and again the story we had conned.

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