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nadian-French blood mingles in at least brown hackle or white will quickest tempt equal proportions with American. He is a trout to rise; so long, in short, as he Latin in name, often in speech, but un- knows what is expected of him to know, adulterated Yankee in nature. You find it would be small and pedantic in the exJames, John, and Henry flanked by such | treme to express surprise over the fact
surnames as St. Germain, Laboutie, La that the St. Regis guide is unable to read Fontaine. Your faith in philology is or write. But the pedant could hardly shaken by the discovery that Mitchell be said to assert itself in the person who Sweeney is a Frenchman, and that Mrs. evinces honest wonder when he first learns Stephen Otis can not speak English. that this robust backwoodsman not only The guide is born, not made. Like the does not know his alphabet, but has never barber, he serves no apprenticeship. He been out of the confines of the woods, has rolls, so to speak, out of his log-cradle never so much as seen a railway track, or into a pair of top-boots, discards the bot- a steam-engine, or a brick building, or a tle for a pipe, possesses himself of a boat circus, or a printing - press, or a policeand a jackknife, and becomes forth with man, or an oyster, or a Pinafore coma full-fledged, experienced guide. So pany. This wilderness must be set down long as he possesses that available knowl- as a spot which puts greatness to a terriedge which enables him to determine by ble test, and extinguishes notoriety with a what run-way, to what water, the hound beautiful simplicity. The Vice-President hunted stag will make his dash for life; of the United States secures his claim to so long as he can find his way through recognition not because of the office he this vast and bewildering wilderness, holds, but because he lives in Malone. shoot a rifle with destructive accuracy, The wide world over, there certainly could tell you by a look at the sky whether a be found no better place in which to store
away a college Sophomore or a rural Con- nerative position and expending his last gressman. The small vanities ard pre- dollar, or yielding up his life, a vast matensions of a man will be taken out of jority of mankind would unhesitatingly him here with much the same jerky sud- accept the former. But what is one to do denness that a trout is taken out of the if he has no treasure to give in lieu cf his water.
life? What is the clerk, dependent on his It will be observed that throughout this meagre wages, to answer when the physinarrative the Reporter has made the wil. cian tells him that he must go to the south derness experiment hinge largely upon of France or Lower California if he does “Paul" Smith's hotel. He could not well not want to die within six months ? As do otherwise, since "Paul's" is the sun well recommend him to go to the moon; which has warmed into being that diminutive planetary system of guides, farmhouses, hotels, post-offices, and telegraph wires which make up, collectively, St. Regis civilization. The invalid will naturally make this famous backwoods tavern his objective point in setting out for the wilderness. In fact, without the existence of “Paul" Smith's, the experiment could not be made at all. The permanent camp turns to the hotel for its supplies, which otherwise could be obtained, if at all, only at unreasonable outlay of time and money. It is not to eulogize a public-house that the Reporter points out this Adirondack inn, but it is to explain how the comforts and luxuries of life beoome possible in the very heart of the vast wilderness. Moreover, eulogy of “Paul" Smith's would be but fulsome, at best. It is known wherever the Adirondacks are known. It is what a hotel should be, and what the invalid, of all others, appreciates. A word with regard to the quotation
"PAUL" SMITI. marks. A quarter of a century ago, when "Paul” penetrated to the then wildly romantic St. Regis Lake, he carried with and the more certain the belief that the him the alliterative prenomen of Apollos impossible trip would restore him to health Austin. This was musical, semi-poetic, and strength, the more bitter his cup as he and semi-classic; but for practical pur- reflects on the utter inability of any man poses in the backwoods a name, unlike a to reach the moon. But even the clerk gun, doesn't want to be double-barrelled. can reach this wilderness, and pitch his Apollos Austin passed rapidly through tent, and try the experiment which may the transition stages of contraction until give him a new lease of life. it became simply “Pol.' That did well From his personal experience and the enough in the matter of brevity, but it opportunities afforded him for studying had a suspicious feminine or ornitholo- the subject, the Reporter is convinced that gical ring to it, which led the people to a person can journey to the St. Regis countransform it into the plain Christian try, spend a year there, give the experi“Paul.” And, the apostle of genial hos- ment a fair trial, and all for a smaller pitality, enterprise, and goodness, he has sum than the same person would necesremained “Paulo ever since.
sarily spend if he remained at home. If It remains only to consider the wilder- this should seem to lack definiteness, let ness experiment with regard to its neces- its meaning be illustrated thus: Suppose sary expenses.
the patient to be actually poor—so poor Man is presumed to value his life be that every dime as well as dollar must be yond any worldly possession. To the looked after. Suppose him to be a man hard alternative of surrendering a remu- | with a thrifty, competent wife. It costs
him in New York city, wholly apart from the experimenter's chances of recovery. any extraordinary expenditures growing For example, the cost of the camp need out of his illness, twelve dollars a week to not exceed $50; the domestic work could live. Now, then, he can pay the cost of be done by a capable woman instead of a the journey, buy a good tent, and fit up a “guide,” which would save $100 through camp so that it shall be in all respects the season, while the winter expenses comfortable, spend the winter months in could be reduced one-third as compared a hospitable farm-house, live on beef, mut- with the estimate given, and that, too, ton, venison, partridges, chickens, speckled without subjecting the patient to any pritrout, fresh eggs, pure milk, sweet butter, vation. In a word, the wilderness is povand a variety of vegetables, recover his erty's paradise. You can rent a house health, and his entire outlay for the year here, with two or three acres of ground, need not exceed the twelve dollars a week for $2 per mouth. You can buy mutton, which he would have spent at home. or venison, or beef, for ten cents a pound;
If the foregoing statement strikes the partridges and chickens, for twenty-five reader as in any way Munchausenish, let cents apiece; butter, for fifteen cents; him look at this table, which represents speckled trout, for five cents. You can the outlay of two persons, who have given get your wood, all sawed and split, for $1 the experiment a trial on a more extrava a cord, and a horse to use through the gant basis than would be necessary to ful- winter for his keeping. Even the $2 50 fill all its essential conditions:
per day charged for board at “Paul" A YEAR'S EXPENSES IN THE WILDERNESS.
Smith's is reasonable when the comforts
there provided are kept in mind; and for Camp-life Period—Five Months. Canvas tent and camp equipments $100
those seeking a cheaper hotel, the RainLabor and buildings .
50 bow House, kept by James M. Wardner, Food and all necessary expenses (per
furnishes home-like accommodations for week, $9)...
$1 50 per day. Guide for season
The story of Camp Lou would have litHouse-life Period—Seven Months.
tle significance were it an isolated inBoard and washing .
stance; but already the wilderness exHorse for driving.
84 Extras for table....
periment has been sufficiently tested to 100 492
demonstrate its wonderful curative pow$972
ers in many cases of pulmonary disease. Here, as will be observed, the average Here, within reach of thousands who weekly expenditure reaches $18 50; but, could never hope to journey to far-away as has been explained, this sum presumes places, nature provides a sanitarium, desmany luxuries which could be omitted tined, in the Reporter's belief, to become without lessening in the slightest degree the future Mecca for consumptive patients.
“Who may not be, a fole, gyf that he love?”—CHAUCER.
self that because a man was old, he need THERE'S a mighty power o' deffer- not become decrepit and morose before it
ence betwixt a man and a boy," was actually necessary, and thus, for the said old Mr. Billy Beazley one day. few years left, forego all enjoyment of his
And I will proceed, after a brief prelim- being. So he mildly cheered his aged relinary history, to relate some of the occur- ative in his juvenilities, and even somerences that led to the remark.
times joked him about the girls. Mr. Bob Beazley and his nephew Dick, “Them's the ones, Dick, for me. Ef since the death of Lemuel, the latter's any female-ef, you know, Dick, and ef's father, ten years before, had been keep- the longest letter in the book-but ef any ing bachelors' hall together on the hill, female ever comes here to take the head south side of Beaver Dam Creek. Down o' my table, and carry my smoke-'ouse to a certain period, they had been most keys, it's got to be a pullet. Other people intimate friends and lovers. Lemuel had may take the hens. Ef I take any-ef, made his brother Bob testamentary guard you mind, Dick-it's got to be a pullet. ian of this his only child, to whom he had Yet, so far from such talk being serious, bequeathed a property of about three thou- Dick would have thought as soon of ensand dollars-quite handsome for those couraging, with the expectation of convatimes. The guardian had been keeping lescence, or having him encourage himhis ward, managing his estate, boarding, self, one who was just drawing his last clothing, and sending him to the Dukes- gasp. And, besides, his uncle had always borough school, without charge, during professed to be quite satisfied with what all these years. Dick was now seventeen family he already had, and declared himyears old, and a man in size and conscious- self not to be a marrying man. As for
His uncle Bob was forty-three, tall, himself, Dick would have been glad to stout, full of health, and of remarkable be permitted to ask any gentleman who juvenility of body and spirit. They hunt- should doubt his being a full man, where ed together, fished together, rode to church he expected to find one. together, and were as intimate as twin bro On the other hand, Mr. Bob looked upon thers newly born. It had been rather so his nephew as extremely young, growing always, but particularly of late, that each satisfactorily, indeed, and with favorable appeared to be reaching for what the oth- chances of being a man after some years, er had, and himself had not, the one back, if no accident should hinder. Sometimes, the other forth-Mr. Bob for youth, and just for his fun, he would joke Dick about Dick for age. By the time whereof I am the old maids and widows. As for Dick's writing, both seemed to have succeeded, marrying, under years and years, he and perhaps excepting that Dick might would have expected as soon a new-born have appeared, on account of his ways, baby to get out of his cradle, cut all his the elder of the two-may be said to have teeth instantly, and go to hopping and approximated equality. The sentiments, jumping about the yard. So each in his however, which each entertained of the way had his harmless pleasantries, and other in this respect were widely apart, it was interesting to notice both sometimes and were destined, through circumstances at parties as they laughed affectionately soon hereinafter recounted, to become at each other when Dick would be buck
Dick Beazley regarded a man ing up, as they called it, to the overgrown of forty-three who was already consider- and Mr. Bob to the undergrown girls. ably gray-headed, notwithstanding the ab Old Mr. Billy Beazley, Mr. Bob's elder sence of any appearance of decline in vig- brother by twenty years, used to speak or, as rapidly verging upon old age. Yet of these two as "them boys-them twin such was his devotion to his uncle that he boys." He lived at the cross-roads, the encouraged him in continuing to attend justice's court ground, three miles further little parties of young people in the neigh- south from Dukesborough. "Them boys borhood, and even joining occasionally in was jes' like twin brothers ontwill lately, the dance-a pastime that Dick himself and nothin' but death or wimming could was beginning to let lapse with the lapse 'a parted 'em; and of the two, I sometimes of his own youth. Dick argued with him- I think wimming is the beaterest. They
ain't nary one of them boys that's scarce- had the looks and the conversation of one ly fitten too git married. Because Bob, who, having tried the married life, yet, though he ain't by no means a ole man, without looking back to it with hostility, have growed too sot in his ways for sich for she acknowledged to having had a good foolishness, and Dick's nothin' but a child, husband and one angel child, yet-well, you may say, ef he is so big in size. But it was a vain world, and a world of disapit ain't no use talkin' to 'em, because when pointments, in which more people now wimming git farly in on a fellow, be he married than did well afterward, and peoyoung or be le old, he can persuade his- ple could never know how soon from the self that he's whatsomever he wants to be; wedding-room they might have to go to Bob, thinkin' now, I suppose, that he's the grave-yard. Let young people, Mrs. jes' a-cuttin' his wisdom-tooth, and Dick Brinkly argued, have their day. It will believin' he's as old as Methoosalum. not be long before the night will“cometh” There's a power, a mighty power, of def- (sometimes employing Scriptural phrase), ference betwixt a man and a boy. But and as for herself, she meant to devote when wimming comes in, they can wal- the rest of her life to young people. lop 'em up together so a body can't tell, “No,” she would say, when they would and especially they can't tell theirselves, sometimes mention the name of a widowt'other from which. But them boys is aller or a bachelor (though she had too much right at the bottom, and ef they can't both good sense to become angry)-“no, indeed. git satisfied, I hopes they can git ricon- Let young people have their day. I've had ciled arfter a while."
mine; let them have theirs. Neithet do I “My advice to you, Billy," answered envy them. This life is a riddle, and it's his wife, to whom these remarks were ad- a lottery, and it's—but who can say what dressed, “is to keep your mouth shet, ef it is, and what it isn't ?" you can keep it shet-and let them boys So Mrs. Brinkly attended little parties, fix
ир their consarns to suit theirselves. and gave them, and made the best cake.
"Oh, I don't ’tend to open my mouth and the best syllabub in all that region; about it, Patsy."
and though she treated the widowers and "We'll see.
bachelors with perfect politeness everyII.
where, and in her own house with perfect Just over Beaver Dam, on the side of the cordiality, yet her most agreeable occupalast hill you ascended from the south, be- tion, after thorough attention to her own fore entering Dukesborough, a little re- domestic concerns, was to bring young moved on the right from the road, there people together, and make good times for dwelt, in a snug house, on a snugger farm, them. the snuggest of widows.
Mrs. Brinkly Now it came to pass about a year, or was well-to-do, comely, and aged twenty- such a matter, after the coming of Miss nine. Her only child having died soon Lottie, that people remarked freely on the after its father, three years before, she had partially renewing youth of one and the lately persuaded Miss Lottie Brinkly, her intensely augmented agedness of the othhusband's and her own cousin, to take her er of the Beazley twins on the other side abode with her. Lottie was a brunette of the creek. Mr. Bob did not go so far as (her cousin being a blonde), pretty, poor, actually to take the unnecessary expense industrious, and modest, and although of buying a new fur hat, but with a brush but fifteen, yet fully grown in size, and- and a silk handkerchief he put on the old well, you may say-ready to be approached one a smoothness and a gloss that made upon the subject of a final life settlement some small boys declare, and profess to be by a person of the opposite sex who might willing to bet, that it was new. As for propose satisfactory terms, and be regard- Dick, he bought two new hats (both ed by herself as competent to fulfill them. charged to Uncle Bob)-one for parties, Her cousin thus far had behaved with the and one for Sundays. People did not decorum suited to her lonely condition, talk about the extravagance, for even if and though fallen, after sufficient lapse of Dick's property could not stand it, his time, into the habit of the neighborhood uncle's could; and the question was, in attending and giving little parties, was What difference did it make? Then Dick spoken of frequently as a widow who was so sober and sedate in his manners seemed to care little for the society either that people did not have the heart to find of widowers or bachelors. Mrs. Brinkly I any fault with whatever he did. As for