A Compendious History of the Northern Part of the Province of New Brunswick, and of the District of Gaspe, in Lower Canada

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Reprinted Chatham, Smith, 1896 - Cloucester Co., N.B. - 288 pages
This work presents a history of northern New Brunswick and the District of Gaspe. Author Robert Cooney provides in-depth history of Northumberland, Kent and Gloucester counties, in addition to a chapter devoted to those areas' natural history and resources.

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Page 71 - For a moment, and all was still, a deep and awful silence reigned over every thing. All nature appeared to be hushed, when suddenly a lengthened and sullen roar came booming through the forest, driving a thousand massive and devouring flames before it.
Page 134 - In the beginning of this year the assembly of Massachusetts Bay in New England passed an act, prohibiting all correspondence with the French at Louisbourg; .and early in the spring they raised a body of troops, which was transported to Nova Scotia, to assist lieutenant governor Laurence in driving the French from the encroachments they had made upon that province.
Page 133 - ... Versailles for having made him the tool of their dissimulation : they referred him to the king, who ordered him to return to London with fresh assurances of his pacific intentions ; but his practice agreed so ill with his professions, that the ambassador had scarce obtained an audience to communicate them, when undoubted intelligence arrived that a powerful armament was ready to sail from Brest and Rochefort. The government of Great Britain, roused by this information, immediately took the most...
Page 70 - About nine o'clock, or shortly after, a succession of loud and appalling roars thundered through the forests. Peal after peal, crash after crash, announced the sentence of destruction.
Page 72 - ... sides of it. He must also fancy four thriving towns, two on each side of this river, and then reflect, that these towns and settlements were all composed of wooden houses, stores, stables, and barns ; that these barns and stables were filled with crops, — and that the arrival of the fall importations had stocked the warehouses and stores with spirits, powder, and a variety of combustible articles, as well as with the necessary supplies for the approaching winter. He must then remember that...
Page 81 - The immediate loss of life was upwards of 500 human beings ! Thousands of wild beasts, too, had perished in the woods, and from their putrescent carcases issued streams of effluvium and stench, that formed contagious domes over the dismantled settlements. Domestic animals of all kinds lay dead and dying in different parts of the country ; myriads of salmon, trout, bass, and other fish, which poisoned by the alkali, formed by the ashes precipitated into the river, now lay dead...
Page 135 - Monckton, upon this service ; and three frigates and a sloop were despatched up the bay of Fundy, under the command of Captain Rous, to give their assistance by sea. The troops, upon their arrival at the river Massaguash, found the passage stopped by a large number of regular forces, rebel neutrals, or Acadians, and Indians, four hundred and fifty of whom occupied a block-house, with cannon mounted on their side of the river ; and the rest were posted within a strong breastwork of timber, thrown...
Page 72 - Extending his conception, he will see these forests thickly expanding over more than 6,000 square miles, and absolutely parched into tinder by the protracted heat of a long summer. Let him then animate the picture by scattering countless tribes of wild animals ; hundreds of domestic ones ; and even thousands of men through the interior. Having done all this he will have before him a feeble description of the extent, features, and general circumstances of the country, which, in the course of a few...
Page 69 - On the 7th of October the heat increased to such a degree, and became so very oppressive, that many complained of its enervating effects. About twelve o'clock a pale sickly mist, lightly tinged with purple, emerged from the forest, and settled over it. This cloud soon retreated before a large dark one, which occupying its place, wrapt the firmament in a pall of vapour.
Page 233 - ... distance. His color is light gray, mixed with a dark red. His flesh is tender, delicate, easy of digestion, palatable, and nourishing. He ruminates like the ox, and feeds on moss, on the natural grass of intervales, and on the tender buds and leaves of a species of maple called moosewood. The cariboo is distinguished by having brow antlers, which are rounder than the horns of the moose. It is not so tall as the moose, but more swift. Its flesh is very tender, and much esteemed for its nourishing...

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