through all the slow hours of the long summer day, upon the lazy, hazy, blue expanse.
When the wind blows, the lake wakes up; and still it is not the ocean.
The waves are discolored by the earthy bank upon which they break with un-oceanlike monotony.
They neither advance nor recede, nor roar, nor sell
. A great lake, with all its charms, and they are many and great, is only an infinite pond.
The people of Erie
care as much for the lake as the people of Niagara
care for the cataract, as much as people generally care for anything wonderful or anything beautiful which they can see by turning their heads.
In other words, they care for it as the means by which lime, coal, and lumber may be transported to another and a better market.
Not one house is built along the shore, though the shore is high and level.
Not a path has been worn by human feet above or below the bluff.
Pigs, sheep, cows, and sweet-brier bushes occupy the unenclosed ground, which seems so made
to be built upon that it is surprising the handsome houses of the-town should have been built anywhere else.
One could almost say, in a weak moment, Give me a cottage on the bluff, and I will live
It was at Erie
, probably, that Horace Greeley
first saw the uniform of the American
The United States
and Great Britain
are each permitted by treaty to keep one vessel of war in commission on the Great Lakes
The American vessel usually lies in the harbor of Erie
, and a few officers may be seen about the town.
What the busy journeyman printer thought of those idle gentlemen, apparently the only quite useless, and certainly the best dressed, persons in the place, may be guessed.
Perhaps, however, he passed them by, in his absent way, and saw them not.
In a few days, the new comer was in high favor at the office of the Erie Gazette.
He is remembered there as a remarkably correct and reliable compositor, though not as a rapid one, and his steady devotion to his work enabled him to accomplish more than faster workmen.
He was soon placed by his employer on the footing of a regular journeyman, at the usual wages, twelve dollars a month and board.
All the intervals of labor he spent in reading.
As soon as the hour of cessation arrived, he would hurry off his apron, wash his hands, and lose himself in his book or his newspapers, often forgetting his dinner, and often forgetting whether he had