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there was every appearance of a coming with whom I had always stayed while near storns, and when opposite Gull Island it was Cobourg ; and his farm being close to the thought advisable to land and camp for the shore, we had been looking forward to the night ; and having found a suitable spot it visit, Three of us set out, leaving the was not long before we were settled down second cook to take care of the camp, and for the evening. A scanty supper was soon after walking about half a mile arrived at prepared, and we were quickly wrapped in the farm-house, when we found that our our blankets for the third night; and al-would-be host and his wife were both on a though the trains passed not more than trip to New York. We were consequently fifty yards from our tent, we were no more thrown upon the hospitality of the daughter, disturbed by their thunderings than by the which was found none the less sincere and steamer which passed a mile from shore. profuse. We regaled ourselves for a time

We hoped to make Cobourg bright and on the best of the land, in the shape of early in the morning, and then to proceed bread and cream and cider, for which the towards Presqu'Isle in the evening. How farmers of Devonshire are famous; and to ever, we were again counting our chickens complete the destruction, we carried off too soon, for we had forgotten that our four bottles of splendid four-year-old, which chronometer had been broken while wind- for excellence could only be compared to ing-up at Port Hope, and required “fixing," champagne. Thus laden we arrived at the and that jewellers might not be more camp, and as evening was approaching, and punctual than boat-builders in fulfilling being somewhat behind our anticipated distheir business promises. Owing to some tance for four days' sailing, we at once time being lost on account of the rain of made ready for going on our way. The the previous night, Cobourg was not reached wind, which had been till this time quite till about ten o'clock. On arriving, I was fresh, now suddenly died away, and we had deputed to carry the watch to the town no alternative but a muscular row of an watchmaker; while there, to procure an hour or two. The night drawing on faster abundance of fresh bread, and the same to than we expected, we had not gone more bring back to the boat, which would await than three miles before we were compelled me at the wharf. This was accomplished, to run ashore and pitch our tent for the and we then set sail for the nearest landing- night. place down the coast, where we

Next morning, after breakfast, it was deland, and procure dinner at the near-cided to take advantage ofa beautiful breeze, est farm-house. After this, having fre to make a good run. We lost no time in quently visited Cobourg before, I remained setting sail ; and running straight before the in charge while the rest proceeded to in- wind, determined to make Presqu' Isle bespect the town and to bring back the fore we again landed. The breeze, after an chronometer. And here I cannot help say- hour's sailing, became quite a stiff wind, ing that if the jeweller whom we employed and still rising, necessitated at first the reefcannot repair a watch better than he did the ing of the sails, and shortly afterwards of one in question, he had better betake himself running under a reefed foresail. We thus to higher latitudes, where they do not use passed Grafton and Colborne, though at such articles, for after this it never ran for too great a distance to obtain a fair idea of more than five hours at a time. This state their appearance, except that there seemed of things might have been endured had we to be a good deal of shipping going on at nothing but daytime, but we had our fair the latter port. About one o'clock we proportion of night, and no one was found reached a fine beach in Shoal Bay (as it was willing to volunteer to awaken just at the called on our chart, although no one in the moment when the “chrono" desired to be neighbourhood recognised the name)—a fine again wound up, for perhaps the sixth time piece of water between Presqu'Isle proper in twenty-four hours. The result was, that it and the mainland, about two miles in length often took a rest for two or three days at a from east to west, and a mile wide from north time, and we sailed and performed our duties to south. Here we determined to obtain a by nature's clock—the sun. After dinner good dinner, if we should have to walk a mile we had a treat in store, which was to call to purchase it. However, we fell in with a on a good old south-of England farmer, nice farm-house at about halt that distance

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from the boat, where we obtained, at nearly own; at the same time introducing us to our own price, eggs, milk, and bread ; also his wife, who was as full of welcome as hima promise of more bread as soon as it self. This spot seemed the most comfortshould come from the oven. After dinner, able of any we had yet visited; the inmates and a good rest under a temporary covering had been married only a few months, and from the fierce sun, we returned to the house looked none the less happy, and it was not at evening, when we were further delighted long before we were quite at home. Towards to notice, carefully placed in a shining tin evening we received a visit in our tent from beside the bread, some fine white cakes, our host and hostess, who came laden with which the good lady of the house kindly of cakes, just baked, butter, and some maple fered to let us have, still desiring us to men- syrup procured from the fine maple bush tion our own price. As a general rule, the we saw on the other side of the Bluff. In farmers, and their wives or daughters, with return we offered them of our best, which whom we had to deal, were very much of the was, luckily, our remaining stock of Cobourg same style as the lady in the above instance, cider; and after spending an hour or so always very kind, and fully appreciating the in homely chat, they bade us adieu. Being fact of our being far away from home, and rather early for turning in, the remainder of (as we were often told) from “maternal, the evening was whiled away with songs, care ;” in fact, often so kind as to put them- accompanied by the flute, which was our selves to inconvenience, and then absolutely only available instrument of music ; said refuse to receive any compensation. Some songs being composed chiefly of choruses, times they would have us take the last pound one of which would, if written, appear someof butter or the last loaf of bread in the what like the following:house, saying they would have churned or baked at such a time whether we took it or “In Springfiek mountains there did dwell not. Of course, we met with others who A lovely youth, I knew him well, were, I was about to confess, more than our

With a match ; but they generally, in one quarter of

Humble, bimble, snickery grin, our crew at least, “ caught a tartar.' These

Nosey, lincuin boo. we took great delight in annoying. One woman, for instance, wanted twenty-five After this preliminary verse, any one was cents for a pound-and-a-half loaf, and al- at liberty to add some remarkable feature of though we were very badly in want of bread this “lovely youth,” the sketch again terat the time, we told her we would sail to minating with the previous chorus. Montreal for it sooner than submit to her It was now Saturday morning, and a imposition.

heavy rain had set in, which compelled us But, resuming: towards evening we settled unwillingly to remain still longer the guests down to row across the bay to Presqu' Isle of our friends of the Bluff. They nevertheBluff, and as there was not a breath of wind, less were loud in their invitation to remain we accomplished this in about an hour, over Sunday, adding, that it was so seldom part of which was consumed in searching they saw any visitors, that our arriva', alalong the shore for a good landing-place, though unannounced, was a source of great which was at length found on the east side pleasure ; the kindness of which remark we of the Bluff. This island, called the Bluff, could thoroughly appreciate, as four very seems to be formed of stratified rock, which hungry voyageurs could easily create a panic crops out on the lake side, and is covered in any average farm-house larder; and as with a rich dark soil, affording a good field our host stoutly refused to be in any way for the agriculturist, which we found had requited for his attentions, we were, to say been happily taken advantage of; as, on the least, in very peculiar circumstances. landing, we were not more than ten feet To make matters worse, a violent sea from from a beautiful field of peas, while the the east set in, which entirely precluded the whole place was equally well cultivated. We idea of our getting away. While talking were not long in finding out the proprietor with our host, we discovered, much to our of this fine farm, who received us with the surprise and delight, that the piece of land greatest of welcome and hospitality, request separating the Bay of Quinté from the lake ing us to come up and make his house our on this side was only a mile in width, and

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that we could easily obtain a portage across, The reader may now picture us sailing on and not only avoid sailing around the broken a fair wind down the Bay of Quinté, admircoast of Prince Edward county, but enjoy ing the beautiful and changing scenery of the beautiful scenery of the Bay, from Tren- Prince Edward County, now an orchard ton to Picton. After taking a farewell of covering twenty acres, then a field of grain our friends, and expressing a hope that we as level as a table-cloth, and a magnificent might yet have the pleasure of returning bush in the background; the whole forming their kindness, we set sail on Sunday morn- the surface of a beautiful declivity, coming, thinking that a further stoppage on the mencing at the water's edge, and extending Bluff would be trespassing on good nature, back as far as could be seen. Passing and wishing to reach Brighton in order to Trenton, with its great saw-mill puffing out attend church. After a beautiful sail around its white smoke against a blue sky gatherPresqu'Isle proper, passing the fine lighting for a storm, and other mills along the house there, we found ourselves in Presqu' Bay, surrounded by their millions of feet of Isle Bay, the natural harbour of Brighton, lumber ready for shipping; and passing just (the entrance to which is well defined by astern of the yacht Dauntless, with its buoys), and as soon as possible pitched our pleasure party, we knew we could not be tent on a beautiful piece of meadow-land far from Belleville, at which we arrived at the north end of the Bay. Towards after another half-hour's sail, finding a good evening we rowed across to Brighton, leav- camping ground a mile and a-half beyond ing our tent locked as best we could, hoping the town. Having pitched our tent, we to reach a church. After having procured rowed back to the town, arriving about some bread, and sent home news of our safe eight o'clock p.m. However beautiful Bellearrival, we returned to camp, and were soon ville may have appeared by the light of day, sound asleep.

we were not at all enamoured of it at night; “Off to the Portage ! ” was the cry, bright for on landing we ran into something which and early, next morning; and off we started. might, by a lively stretch of imagination, be Unfortunately, however, after a brilliant run called a “wharf," but the like of which it of about ten miles we found ourselves, to would be difficult to find, for of all the mudour intense disgust, in the south end of dy entrances to a place, we seemed to have Weller's Bay, at Consecon, when we should dropped on the worst. After a short walk have been at Carrying Place, in the north- around the town, during which we gathered ern portion of the Bay, where the Portage a stock of provisions, we set off for our boat, was, and which we had foolishly passed an and it was not long before we were snugly hour before. The journey was speedily re-ensconced in that movable mansion which traced, and our boat was soon on a farmer's was now fondly called “home.” waggon which we were lucky enough to Next morning we paid another visit to the procure at once; and thus, for the sum of town, and then, returning to the tent, whiled one dollar, we were safely set down in the away an hour or two by a little trolling, but waters of Quinté. The native who trans- without much success. We were expectported us was very loud in his asseverations | ing that any moment the storm, which had regarding the necessity of a canal at this been brewing for the previous two days, point ; but whether for his country's good, would burst upon us. And burst it did or because it would certainly pass through at last, resulting in one of the grandest his farm, is a question into which it would sights of the kind we had ever witnessed. be impertinent to inquire. Mr. Biggar, the First, betaking ourselves to the tent for member for the county, whose residence we shelter, the next business was to cover the passed on the road, stated he was using his bedding in the middle of the tent with the best endeavours to draw the attention of the macintosh; and, knowing that we should Government to the point in question. It | most certainly be soaked, we adopted was the generally expressed opinion of the the novel and not always practicable excrew, that had the people of Chicago such a pedient of relieving ourselves of all our chance of advancement and progress close clothing, and placing it in the heap which to their very doors, they would not wait for we intended to keep dry. The storm Government, but would dig the canal them- broke more fiercely than could have been selves in a month.

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up the surroundings, already nearly as dark while his men were milking the cows; and as night, than the accompanying roar would after telling him some of our adventures, peal so close that we expected every mo- and listening to a few of his own, we struck ment to see the tent-pole struck by the our bargain, and went our way once more in lightning. But, with such terrific strength, peace. The purchases were soon converted the storm could not last long, and it cleared into breakfast, which was none the less enaway in about five minutes, having in its joyable for the morning's walk, and soon march blown our tent inside out, and twist after the sails were set against a light headed the pole to the ground, notwithstand wind, which, freshening and shifting tothe ing that our united strength was exerted in south-west, enabled us to enjoy the sail imits behalf. The rain continued for some mensely along Amherst Island, as far as time, but did not deter us from procuring a Bath. Opposite to this town we made a grand supper, on the comfort of which we landing on the Island for dinner, a portion passed a very pleasant night, rising at four of which we soon procured near at hand o'clock as if nothing had happened to hin- from a good farmer's wife whose friendship der our progress.

was larger than her means, and who would Sail was set at 5.30, and direction taken only consent, after long pressing, to receive down the Bay under a fair wind, passing payment for a dozen and a half of eggs Shannonville, and Mill Point, at the mouth of which she had gathered up. After our appethe Napanee River. Here, the Bay taking tites, which were becoming keener with a decided turn backwards towards the south, every additional mile, had been satisfied, the wind, which had before been fair, be- and a nap indulged in, we proceeded, hopcame a stiff side one, and its effects were ing to make close to Kingston that evenduly experienced as it came in gusts down ing; but after sailing till about six o'clock, the hill sides which line the coast of Prince the wind died quite away, when it was deEdward county. The result was the boat cided to try a little trolling, taking turns at swain's cry,“All hands at the reefing point!" the oars. Thus we succeeded, while passWe had been sailing for two days without ing the Three Brothers Islands, in hooking the correct time, which was at length pro- two or three fine bass. cured by hailing the wheelsman of the schoon- After taking a little refreshment on board, er Sassacus, of Oswego, as we passed astern we rowed quietly along, seeking a landingof her, tacking up the Bay towards Belleville. place, till about 9.30 o'clock, when one was Landing for the last time on Prince Edward found, not greatly to our liking, but satisfaccounty to take dinner, we enjoyed a de- tory under the circumstances, for we had lightful plunge from a temporary wharf at nearly given up the hope of finding a retreat, which vessels call for cordwood; and here and were expecting to pass the night in the was also relished the first feast of wild rasp-open air, on the boat. As the islands were berries, which we found almost of the size now becoming numerous, owing to the rocky and flavour of garden berries ; thus increas- nature of the country, we experienced more ing the golden opinions already formed of difficulty in landing than heretofore, so it the county as an agricultural district. Set- was decided henceforward always to effect ting sail again, Fredericksburg, about twenty- | that part of our duty before sunset. Rainy six miles west of Kingston, was reached, and weather next day precluded the idea of an being satisfied with the day's run, we were early start, and some time was spent in fishsoon under cover and sound asleep. We ing, which was very good in this part of the were up next morning before the sun, in lake. The rain clearing off, we set sail, or quest of provisions, and aroused some of the rather rowed, to Kingston, a distance of neighbouring farmers from their slumbers, about three miles, passing on our left the for which we were not at all thanked, being Asylum and Penitentiary, and finally puttold to obtain provender next door, and so ting into the mouth of the Rideau Canal. on, until we happened to espy an old gentle Here we left the “sloop” in charge of a man, an earlier bird than his neighbours, boatman, and went up to the city. Being and who therefore “caught the worm,” if five o'clock, there was not much time to our slight purchase of bread, milk, and eggs spare in order to get away that evening ; but might be so called. We were cordially in- as very little time was required to see all to vited to a seat beside him on a fence, be seen in the “old stone city,” we set

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about laying in a fresh stock of provisions, for victuals, which he at once proceeded to and about seven o'clock proceeded to our do. Knocking at the door with charactercamping-place on Wolfe Island, which was istic modesty, the request was given to soon reached, thanks to a stiff S.W. breeze. enter, when he delivered his small oration

Next day Pitt's Ferry was reached, a vil- for bread, &c. But he was not to meet a lage further down the river, on the north Joseph in this land of Egypt, for he was at channel-that is, between the mainland and once face to face with a woman whose YanSir John or Howe Island, one of the largest kee proclivities shone clearly out on her of the “ Thousand ;” and it was deemed face. advisable to spend the Sunday there. The “I don't make a business of selling bread!” farm on which we landed belonged to a said she, with the usual accent, emphasizing gentleman with whom we soon became quite the word “selling." at home. Next morning he drove us to “You're very kind, indeed,” was the rechurch, and during the drive told us that ply, “but I would rather pay for it.” the Prince's Prize, the highest graduating “Waal, if you getany round here, I kinder reward from the University of Toronto, was guess you rather will pay for it !" at that time on his table at home, having " Thank you ; produce the provender," been won by his nephew, who, sad to relate, said I, fumbling at the same time for the had since died. We had little expected to “lucre." meet this remembrance of our Alma Mater, She produced a pound loaf and demanded far away on the banks of the grand old St. twenty-five cents. This was going too far, Lawrence, among the rocks and channels of so, opening the door, the “chief forager" inthe Thousand Isles, and the recollection quired of the crew if they would “ go" a turned our minds for the instant to the many quarter for that loaf? The expected answer like rewards which may now be found, from was received, and the bread accordingly rethe Atlantic shores of the Southern States placed on the table unbought. We were to our own wild and unsettled Manitoba, and soon glad that we had not squandered our we thought of their deserving winners, some means in riotous living, for we met a "lady," of whom had already found an early grave, on the Canada side, quite the reverse of our while others were struggling manfully in the late American friend, and were soon in the troubled sea of life, bringing credit alike to midst of a hearty dinner, camping on the themselves and to their University.

mainland near the end of Grenadier Island. While here we came to grief, inasmuch as Next morning, Brockville and Maitlandour frying-pan dissolved the partnership ville were passed ; and Prescott, the turning hitherto existing between itself and the han- point of our career, was reached about four dle. Luckily our host turned out to be a o'clock. We then went across the river to very Cyclops in his way, possessing a small about two miles beyond Ogdensburgh, where forge and other vulcanic appliances, by the we pitched our tent, expecting to remain aid of which the pan and handle were re- two days. The following morning we walked united, and we were sent on our way rejoic- in to Ogdensburgh, leaving the “White ing. Under a stiff breeze we were not long House,” as we now termed the tent, to the in making Gananoque, always enjoying the mercy of the wide world. The two “cooks " beautiful scenery of the Islands, through walked to Fleckville, not far from the city, multitudes of which we were now passing. in order to call on a friend who had been Their real beauty can be appreciated only expecting their arrival every day, leaving by the sufficiently near approach which can the “foragers ” to view the sights, which havbe obtained in a small boat. Rockport was ing been done, the ferry was taken to Presnext. passed, a small village on the Canada cott, opposite, where we expected to find side, opposite Alexander Bay on the other ; letters. Having procured these and dewhen the wind blew a gale, compelling voured their contents, we saw Prescott at a a run into a small bay in Grenadier İsland. glance, and again returned to Ogdensburgh,

Our next run was for dinner, and noticing surprised to mark the striking difference bea neat white house on the Island, it was of tween the two places. Prescott seemed course expected to be the very place wanted. dead, or if alive, only kept so by its being Accordingly, the writer, in his capacity of the junction of the Ottawa Railway with " chief forager," was detailed to negotiate the Grand Trunk; while its rival across the

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