John Muir


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rough mtns and rolling flat forests burned badly, few seedlings, desolation, pulp mills, only rocks boulders; 3 deer brought on board, v ab here. A pretty summer resort on island of one of many lakes, hotel surrounded with spruces and aspens yal avenue at a home near Chaudiere river of larch and grove about house. At Brink Junction soon out of heavy woods, mtns lovely, Chaudiere val open, hundreds if farms on sandy drift, sloping smoothly, hills 200 ft h of glacial sand. Broad level of St. Law as at Montreal, mtns in dist; Quebec 7500, Montreal 330,000. View of Montmorenci Falls glorious even at dist of 5 or 6 ms, never saw more imposing fall save Niagara. Crossed river on ferry, had dinner in old fashioned French hotel and re crossed river and get into sleeper for Boston; rainy. Quebec fine appearance on bluff, level topped mtns beyond and trees on rim bluff a short dist above city where Wolf’s Highlanders ascended. A few aspens still in long stretch of woods from Magnetic to near Brink Junction; from latter place to St. L many villages, neat, prosperous, farms many and neatly worked.

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