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of the country, the nature of the seasons, I shall now suppose that the emigrant the mode of farming, and various other de. has made all necessary arrangements for sirable particulars. The female part of the the occupation of his land. His first object family may engage themselves as house- then is to get a house built. If his lot’ies werden hold servants, whose wages 'are always paid in a settlement, his neighbours will assist the in money, and thus add a good deal to the hin, in doing this without being paid ; but Hub general stock. Many, who are now inde- if far back in the woods, he must hire peor shes pendent settlers, came to the Province in ple to work for him. The usual dimensions beter absolute poverty ; but, by pursuing the of a house are eighteen feet by sixteen, plan above described, were soon enabled to The roof is covered with bark or shingles
, is dare commence working upon their own lands, and the floor with rough hewn planks, the and to raise themselves beyond the reach interstices between the logs that compose of want.
the walls being filled up with pieces of 66 Some people choose to clear a few wood and clay. Stones are used for the acres, and crop them, before they build a back of the fire-place, and a hollow cone house, or go to reside upon their lots. of coarse basket work does the office of a Others erect a habitation first of all, and chimney. The whole cost of a habitation move into it at once with their families. of this kind will not exceed £12, suppo The first plan is most congenial to the sing the labourers had been paid for erecta feelings of British emigrants ; for the par. ing it; but as almost every person can tial cultivation that has been effected, di- have much of the work done gratis, the
- PUNE minishes the wildness of the surrounding expence will not perhaps amount to more forests, and things are usually more com
than £5 or £6." fortable and orderly within doors, than they can be when the settler takes up his
Those who think seriously of follo residence on his land before any trees have lowing Mr Howison's advice, will of 2 been cut down. But the
expence of sup- course study his book with the serious porting a family, while clearing operations attention it deserves ; but upon the are going forward, is great, unless the idle whole, it seems to be made out quite members engage themselves as servants ; clearly and convincingly, that any inand the work, particularly if hired person's dustrious family, who can command a are employed, does not proceed so fast as capital of 1.20 or L.30, may safely it would do, were the principal residing embark for Canada, and nourish the upon his lot, and superintending the busi- hope of soon seeing themselves eleraness himself
. Therefore, all settlers who ted into a situation of comfort and inhave little money, ought to set themselves down in the woods at once, and boldly
dependence, altogether unknown acommence chopping. This plan may sub. mong the poorer classes of our counject them to a few hardships, but it will trymen here in Britain—while the assuredly be for their advantage in the man who is in possession of twice as end.
much money, can not fail, unless “ Much of the immediate success of a through the most
culpable negligence settler depends upon the time of his arri. on his own part, to establish himself val in the country. Should he not reach in the course
of a very few years, in 8 Quebec till the autumn, winter will be al. most commencing before he arrives at York, cure all the purposes for which any
manner far more than adequate to seand the badness of the roads, and incle- Scotchman ever emigrates, or thinks of mency of the weather, will then make it emigrating from his native shores
, difficult for him to travel to the new settlements, and survey the lands that are
We have not room to enter more open for location. Even were he able to fix fully into the merits of this part of the upon a lot, and build a house before win. Mr Howison's work, but shall now ter set in, he could not clear any land till proceed to consider very briefly its spring, on account of the deepness of the merits of a purely literary character
. snow and severe cold ; while he would all These, it cannot be disputed, are of a the time be at the expence of supporting very brilliant order. Howison (like himself and his family in idleness. But if Humboldt) seems to write of the for the emigrant reaches York in the month of rests, the rivers, the cataracts
, the July, he will find sufficient time to choose boundless and majestic wildernesses a good lot, erect a habitation, clear several of the New World, as if his spirit acres of ground, and sow it with wheat or Indian corn, previous to the commence
were quite penetrated with the mighment of winter : thus getting the start, by ty and mysterious influences of elea whole year, of him who arrives late in mental nature ; nor have we met, for the autumn, and who would only be pre- a long while, with any thing more paring his land for seed, when the other charming in our literature, than the un was reaping his first crop.
studied contrast continually presented
by his quiet and temperate views of spray of the Great Fall had extended itself men and manners on the one hand, through a wide space directly over me, and, and his most rich and imaginative de receiving the full influence of the sun, exscriptions of external nature on the hibited a luminous and magnificent rainother. Neither Chateaubriand nor
bow, which continued to over-arch and irHumboldt has written any thing more enthusiastically contemplated the indescri
radiate the spot on which I stood, while I truly beautiful and impressive, than bable scene. his 'sketch of the voyage up the St
“Any person, who has nerve enough, = Lawrence in the batteaux-Some of (as I had,) may plunge his hand into the his descriptions of walks and rides water of the Great Fall, after it is project
through the primeval forests, which ed over the precipice, merely by lying down still skirt the shores of Ontario and flat, with his face beyond the edge of the Erie-His rich panorama of the thou- Table Rock, and stretching out his arm to sand islandsor, above all, his visit its utmost extent. The experiment is truly to the cataracts of Niagara. We ven
a horrible one, and such as I would not ture to quote a considerable part of wish to repeat ; for, even to this day, I feel the last description, and to challenge I recollect having been in the posture above
a shuddering and recoiling sensation when any one to point out any thing more
described. powerful, or more chastely and taste
66 The body of water which composes fully powerful, in all the prose that the middle part of the Great Fall is so imhas been written in our time.
mense, that it descends nearly two-thirds of “ The Table Rock, from which the the space without being ruffled or broken, Falls of Niagara may be contemplated in and the solemn calmness with which it rolls "all their grandeur, lies on an exact level over the edge of the precipice, is finely con
with the edge of the cataract, on the Cana trasted with the perturbed appearance it asda side, and, indeed, forms a part of the sumes after having reached the gulf below. precipice over which the water gushes. It But the water towards each side
of the Fall derives its name from the circumstance of is shattered the moment it drops over the its projecting beyond the cliffs that support rocks, and loses as it descends, in a great it, like the leaf of a table. To gain this po- measure, the character of a fluid, being disition, it is necessary to descend a steep vided into pyramidal-shaped fragments, bank, and to follow a path that winds the bases of which are turned upwards. among shrubbery and trees, which entire- The surface of the gulf below the cataract ly conceal from the eye the scene that presents a very singular aspect ; seeming, awaits him who traverses it. When near as it were, filled with an immense quantity the termination of this road, a few steps of hoar frost, which is agitated by small carried me beyond all these obstructions, and rapid undulations. The particles of and a magnificent amphitheatre of cataracts water are dazzlingly white, and do not apburst upon my view with appalling sud- parently unite together, as might be supdenness and majesty. However, in a mo- posed, but seem to continue for a time in a ment the scene was concealed from my state of distinct comminution, and to repel -yes by a dense cloud of spray, which in- each other with a thrilling and shivering yolved me so completely, that I did not motion which cannot easily be described. lare to extricate myself. A mingled rush. “ The noise made by the Horse-shoe ing and thundering filled my ears. I could Fall, though very great, is infinitely less
zee nothing except when the wind made a than might be expected, and varies in loud. - chasm in the spray, and then tremendous ness according to the state of the atmos
cataracts seemed to encompass me on every phere. When the weather is clear and side, while below, a raging and foamy gulf frosty, it may be distinctly heard at the of undiscoverable extent lashed the rocks distance of ten or twelve miles ; nay much with its hissing waves, and swallowed, un- further when there is a steady breeze ; but ler a horrible obscurity, the smoking floods I have frequently stood upon the declivity hat were precipitated into its bosom. of the high bank that overlooks the Table
" At first, the sky was obscured by Rock, and distinguished a low thundering zlouds, but after a few minutes the sun only, which at times was altogether drownburst forth, and the breeze subsiding at the ed amidst the roaring of the rapids above same time, permitted the spray to ascend the cataract. In my opinion, the concave, perpendicularly. A hostof pyramidal clouds shape of the Great Fal explains this cirrose majestically, one after another, from
The noisé vibrates from one he abyss at the bottom of the Fall; and side of the rocky recess to the other, and a ach, when it had ascended a little above little only escapes from its confinement, and he edge of the cataract, displayed a beau- even this is less distinctly heard than "it iful rainbow, which in a few moments was would otherwise be, as the profusion of zradually transferred into the bosom of the spray renders the air near the cataract a loud that immediately succeeded. The very indifferent conductor of sound. Vol. X.
“ The road to the bottom of the Fall precipices above were tumbling down in presents many more difficulties than that colossal fragments upon my head. which leads to the Table Rock. After lea- “ It is not easy to determine how far an ving the Table Rock, the traveller must individual might advance between the sheet proceed down the river nearly half a mile, of water and the rock ; but were it eren where he will come to a small chasm in the possible to explore the recess to its utmost bank, in which there is a spiral staircase extremity, scarcely any one, I believe, enclosed in a wooden building. By descend would have courage to attempt an expedi. ing this stair, which is seventy or eighty tion of the kind. feet, perpendicular height, he will find “ A little way below the Great Fall
, the himself under the precipice on the top of river is, comparatively speaking, so tranwhich he formerly walked. A high but quil, that a ferry-boat plies between the sloping bank extends from its base to the Canada and American shores, for the conedge of the river ; and on the summit of venience of travellers.
When I first crossthis there is a narrow slippery path, cover- ed, the heaving flood tossed about the skiff ed with angular fraginents of rock, which with a violence that seemed very alarming ; leads to the Great Fall. The impending but as soon as we gained the middle of the cliffs, hung with a profusion of trees and river, my attention was altogether engaged brushwood, over-arch this road, and seem by the surpassing grandeur of the scene to vibrate with the thunders of the cataract. before me. was now within tħe area of a In some places they rise ahruptly to the semi-circle of cataracts, more than three height of one hundred feet, and display up- thousand feet in extent, and floated on the on their surfaces, fossil shells, and the or. surface of a gulf, raging, fathomless, and ganic remains of a former world ; thus sub- interminable. Majestic cliffs
, splendidrainlimely leading the mind to contemplate the bows, lofty trees, and columns of spray, were convulsions which nature has undergone the gorgeous decorations of this theatre of since ilie creation. As the traveller ad- wonders, while a dazzling sun shed refulvances, he is frightfully stunned by the ap- gent glories upon every part of the scene, palling noise ; for clouds of spray some- Surrounded with clouds of vapour, and times envelope him, and suddenly check stunned into a state of confusion and terhis faltering steps,-rattlesnakes start from ror by the hideous noise, I looked upwards the cavities of the rocks, and the scream of to the height of one hundred and fifty feet
, eagles soaring among the whirlwinds of ed- and saw vast floods, dense, awful, and stu• dying vapour, which obscure the gulf of pendous, vehemently bursting over the prethe cataract, at intervals announce that the cipice, and rolling down, as if the windows raging waters have hurled some bewilder- of heaven were opened to pour another deed animal over the precipice. After scram- luge upon the earth. Loud sounds, resembling among piles of huge rocks that ob- bling discharges of artillery or volcanic ex. struct his way, the traveller gains the bot- plosions, were now distinguishable amidst tom of the Fall, where the soul can be sus
the watery tumult, and added terrors to the ceptible only of one emotion, viz. that of un- abyss from which they issued. The sun, controllable terror.
looking majestically through the ascending “ It was not until I had, by frequent spray, was encircled by a radiant halo; excursions to the Falls, in some measure
whilst fragments of rainbows floated on familiarized my mind with their sublimi. every side, and momen tarily vanished onties, that I ventured to explore the pene- ly to give place to a succession of others tralia of the Great Cataract. The precipice more brilliant. Looking backwards, I saw over which it rolls is very much arched the Niagara river, again become calm and underneath ; while the impetus which the tranquil, rolling magnificently between the water receives in its descent, projects it far towering cliffs that rose on either side, and beyond the cliff, and thus an immense receiving showers of orient dew-drops from Gothic arch is formed by the rock and the the trees that gracefully over-arched its torrent. Twice I entered this cavern, and transparent bosom. A gentle breeze ruftwice I was obliged to retrace my steps, fled the waters, and beautiful birds flutterlest I should be suffocated by the blasts of ed around, as if to welcome its egress fron dense spray that whirled
around me; how those clouds of spray, accompanied by thun. ever, the third time I succeeded in advan- ders and rainbows, which were the heralds cing about twenty-five yards. Here dark- of its precipitation into the abyss of the caness began to encircle me; on one side, taract.” the black cliff stretched itself into a gigan. The next is a short but admirable tic arch far above my head, and on the night-piece in the wilderness. other, the dense and hissing torrent form. ed an impenetrable sheet of foam, with and strolled into the woods contiguous to
“ When it was midnight, I walked out, which I was drenched in a moment. The the house. A glorious moon had now 24rocks were so slippery, that I could hard- cended to the summit of the arch of hea. ly keep my feet, or hold securely by them; while the horrid din made me think the light upon the silent world below. The
ven, and poured a perpendicular flood of
starry hosts sparkled brightly when they tor,' cried the patient, ' I was wishing to emerged above the horizon, but gradually see you—very bad - I don't calculate upon faded into twinkling points as they rose in ever getting smart again.'-— Hoity, toity,' the sky. The motionles3 trees streiched returned the doctor, ' you look a thundertheir majestic boughs towards a cloudless ing sight better than you did yesterday.'firmament, and the rustling of a withered Better !' exclaimed the sick woman, leaf, or the distant howl of the wolf alone (no, doctor, I am no better-I'm going broke upon my ear. I was suddenly roused to die in your hands.'— My dear good from a delicious reverie, by observing a lady,' cried the doetor, “ l'll bet a pint of dark object moving slowly and cautiously spirits I'll raise you in five days, and make among the trees. At first, I fancied it was you so spry, that you'll dance upon this a bear, but a nearer inspection discovered foor.' Oh,' said the woman, if I an Indian on all fours. For a moment I had but the root doctor that used to attend
felt unwilling to throw myself in his way, our family at Connecticut; he was a dread. ** lest he should be meditating some sinister ful skeelful man.' Here they were inter
design against me ; however, on his wa. rupted by the entrance of her husband, ving his hand, and putting his finger on his who was a clumsy, credulous-looking perlips, I approached him, and notwithstand- son. Good morning to you, doctor,' said
ing his injunction to silence, inquired what he, “what's the word ?'— Nothing new en he did there. “Me watch to see the deer or strange, sir,' returned the doctor.-
kneel,” replied he ; “ This is Christmas Well now, doctor,' continued the husnight, and all the deer fall upon their knees band, how do ye find that there woman ? to the Great Spirit, and look up.” The so- -No better, I conclude ?-_I guess as how lemnity of the scene, and the grandeur of it would be as well to let you understand the idea, alike contributed to fill me with plainly, that if you can't do her never no awe. It was affecting to fini traces of the good, I wouldn't wish to be run into no exChristian faith existing in such a place, pences--pretty low times, doctor-money's even in the form of such a tradition." out of the question. Now, sir, can you
Fine as these are, we think it would raise that there woman ?'— Yes, my good not be difficult to quote ten or twelve sir,' cried the doctor confidently, yes I sketches of equal excellence, from the can-I offered to bet a pint with her this
moment, and I'll make it a quart if you first part of the book; but we must please, my dear friend.'—- But, doctor, now shew our readers, that Mr Howi
are you up to the natur of her ailment ?' son possesses talents for composition, not inquired the husband. • Oh, perfectly,' less versatile than powerful. Through- said the other, “ nothing more simple; it out the whole of the book, are scat- arises entirely from obstruction and constitered little characteristic sketches of tutional idiosyncrasy, and is seated under domestic manners, which exhibit a sort the muscular fascia. Some casual exciteof quiet tact and native humour, which ment has increased the action of the ab. unfortunately has come to be of but sorbent vessels so much, that they have rare occurrence in our modern Eng
drawn the blood from different parts of the lish literature. We shall quote one body, and occasioned the pain and debility or two of these little sketches, and tor,' cried the husband, “ I swear you talk
that is now present.'-- Well now, docthen leave our readers to form their like a lawyer, and I begin to have hopes own conclusions. Mr Howison rests for that you'll be pretty considerably apt to a short time in the house of a comfort- raise my woman.' The doctor now openable settler on the (Canadian) Thames. ed his saddle-bags, and, having set forth
“ In this house there was a woman af- many small parcels and dirty phials upon flicted with acute rheumatism. She had the table, began to compound several retried the mineral oil without receiving any cipes for his patient, who, when she saw benefit from it, and consequently had been liim employed in this way, put out her induced to put herself into the hands of head between the curtains of the bed, and one of the doctors of the settlement. This cried, “Doctor, don't forget to leave somegentleman happened to make his daily visit thing for the debilitation.' When he had when I was present, and entered the room, finished, he packed up his laboratory, and carrying a pair of large saddle-bags, in ordered that something he had left should which phials and gallipots were heard clat- be infused in a pint of whisky, and that a tering against each other in a most formid- table-spoonful of the fluid should be taken able manner. He did not deign to take off three times a-day. • Will that raise me his hat, but advanced to his patient, and slick ?' * said the woman ;
I had shook hands, saying, “ How d'ye do, my as well take it four times a-day.' As the good lady, how d’ye do ?'_" Oh, doc doctor was mounting his horse, I heard the
granted, and soon bell to announce
farmer say, ' Doctor, don't be afeard about unheard of request was your pay, I'll see you satisfied : money, you afterwards they rung a know's, out of the question, but I've plenty that tea was ready, I immediately obeyed of good buck-wheat.' ” In the course of the journey to New room, found eighteen of twenty people al.
the summons; and, on entering the public York, the following incident occurs, ready seated at a table, which was abun as the reader will guess, after Mr dantly furnished with
, ham, Howison has passed the frontier of fowls, preserved fruit, cake, cheese, &c. the United States :
The hostess, who was rather pretty, stood “ About six in the morning we drove
at one end of the table, and poured out up to a small house, which appeared to be tea, gracefully enough, to those who called a sort of tavern. The landlord was at the for it, and occasionally joined in the con door ready to receive us, and the following versation, with the same ease as if she had conversation took place :
been one of the guests. Most of the people 66 Landlord. Good morning, gentlemen.
were respectable enough in appearance, but “ Driver. Good morning, mister.
very plain in their manners. A good deal “ L: Very warm, but pretty consider- of detached unconnected conversation pass. able of air stirring.
ed among them; but some of it was in “D. I guess so. Can we get any thing such extraordinary language, that I found to drink?
no difficulty in remembering the expressions “ L. Well, I suppose you can. What verbatim, until tea was over, when I wrote liquor would you propose to have ?
them down, and shall now give the reader ** D. Brandy, I guess:
'the following specimens : “ L. We've got
ing in the house «« Take some beef, 'squire.—No, I but whisky, sir.
guess not, I don't feel much like eating to. “ D. Let us have some then--by God, be so right off
, ma'am: My tea is 100
night.- 'Squire, is your cip out ?-It will I'll treat; but where's Bill ? 6 L. Cleared out, I guess.
strong.–I conclude you're nervous, sir.-“D. What an almighty shame! and I vow, ma'am, I can't sleep when I take where's his family ?
much tea.-Indeed I like tea, it makes me “ L. Cleared out too, mister.
feel good. I agree with you, I never feel “ D. 'Tarnation ! well, I vow one feels
so spry as when l've got a good raft of tea pretty damned cheap, when a fellow clears aboard of me.--I calculate upon there being out without paying scores.
some electricity in tea, it makes one feel so “ L. By the life he does but here's smart.-An't you from Canada lately, success to Bill, (drinking,) though he owes
mister ? how are politics there ? -Nothing me for a pair of shoes.
stirring in that way, sir. I conclude to go “ D. Bill owes me eight dollars, and there very soon, and hope to see you ; and fifty-seven cents and a half.
if I can rip out your quarters, I'll give you 66 L. Cash ?
à damned blow up.
Well now, I shali “ D. Ho, good morning to you ! no, no,
! feel pretty considerably tickled to see you. I'll be satisfied with three hundred rails
-You didn't stay long at Canandaguia ? and some leather-la pause.) Bill knows
-No, I dined at full jump, and went right what lie's about ; did he clear out slick ?
off in the stage, which carried me slick to L: Yes, mister, right off; but I guess this place.--I fear that little shaver (child) he's still in the bush ; and I swear I could is troubling on you, sir.
Not at all, ma'am, find him if I had a mind.
pretty considerable of a boy, I guess. 6 D. Bill will steer southward.
Yes, sir, only three years old, and knows “ L. I guess he will-howsomever,
his letters.--He was in the abbs and ebbs here's success to Bill, and damn the shoes."
last week.--Hemust be awfully smart!!!' The following is the last we shall
We are pleased with the smartness quote:
and liveliness of these sketches ; but we “ About six in the evening we arrived
cannot allow oursel ves to quote them at the village of Auburn, and † abandoned without
expressing our honest belief, the stage there, intending to go to Utica by that Mr Howison is quite wrong if he way of the Grand Canal. Having seen my thinks such vulgarity,
they record, portmanteau disposed of, I entered the ta
at all peculiar to transatlantic manners. vern, and desired that water might be sent into a room. Water !' exclaimed the thor went abroad without having ever
The probability is, that this young aulandlord, ' why, here's water and towels enough in the bar -I guess all the gentle. enjoyed any great opportunities of tramen washes there. I surveyed the bar from yelling through his own country, or, at curiosity, and found
things in such a state, least, without ever dust I had received while in the stage, than lower orders of his own countrymen. that I would rather have worn the coat tona sion to mingle very
closely within the attempted ablution in it. However, after If Mr Howison had visited Manches
having had occa