Why should not America
call one of her towns after him?
The matter was not easy to arrange.
Monsieur St. Jean
sailed for France
, where he asserted he could do the settlers service.
So they called their place St. Jean.
But when the fussy little consul got to Paris
, he found people too busy with their revolution to pay much attention to the graziers and bushmen on Sleeper's Creek.
Thinking the consul false, the Scots changed their name to St. Johns
But then, there are several St. Johns
in the neighbourhood; notably one on the Richlieu River; so by way of difference, they took the name of St. Johnsbury
, a form in which the Gallic origin is completely lost
In spite of much natural beauty, and a vast supply of water power, the place made little progress.
Roads were bad and markets distant.
Here and there some farmer built a hut, some grazier fenced a field.
A fall of water tempted families into the lumber trade.
A hostelry crowned the ridge, St. Johnsbury House, kept by a hard drinking and harder fighting Captain Barney
, who made the rafters crack with his jokes, and the hill-side noisy with his quarrels.
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