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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Irene E. Jerome., In a fair country, Snow (search)
ents of cities think an obstruction gives in the country an extension of intercourse: it opens every forest from here to Labrador, free of entrance; the most tangled thicket, the most treacherous marsh, becomes passable; and the lumberer or moose-hunter, mounted on his snow-shoes, has the world before him. He says good snow-shoeing, as we say good sleighing; and it gives a sensation like a first visit to the sea-side and the shipping, when one first sees exhibited for sale, in the streets of Bangor or Montreal, these delicate Indian conveyances. It seems as if a new element were suddenly opened for travel, and all due facilities provided. One expects to go a little farther, and see in the shop-windows, Wings for sale,—gentlemen's and ladies' sizes. The snow-shoe and the birch canoe,—what other dying race ever left behind it two memorials so perfect and so graceful? The shadows thrown by the trees upon the snow are blue and soft, sharply defined, and so contrasted with the gleamin