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ace, that I had made a great mistake, which was afterwards explained by one of the men on the drive, who said that it meant, 'That is a nice little toad, madam.' We were a long time trying to find out the meaning of Puck-a-pab, and were amazed when they told us on reach

ing here that it meant 'Pas capable,' 'not able.'" "I find it exceedingly difficult," remarked the officer, "to understand the language of the habitants, thoug

h I studied French with an excellent tutor." "We had a terrific storm while anchored at Pointe aux Trembles," said Bearie. "The

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sky grew densely black; every moment broad zig-zag flashes lighted up the dark, angry-looking water. Father and I were on shore, and we crawled beneath a large upturned tree root to keep dry, for the rain soon began to fall in torrents. It was well we did, for the hurricane swept the masts, tents, cabins, and even the roof of the caboose

away down stream, and scattered the cribs in all directions. We were three days looking for lost timber and repairing damages." "I should not omit to tell you of our experience at the Long Sault. We were thirty-six days getting through


the rapids. The habitants shook their heads and shrugged their shoulders and said: 'Il n'est pas possible (It is not possible); what has never been can never be, and the man who

would attempt such a thing is a fool.' "While camping there one evening we met a priest and some Frenchmen who were on their way to one of the back settlements. The priest was not a bad fellow. He spoke good English and was very kind and affable, and he invited us to go with him and his party to see the site of an old French palisade fort, which he called the Thermopyl

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