The New North
by Agnes Deans Cameron (9781458929488)

The New North
Agnes Deans Cameron
Release Date: 04 August 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 202
Category: Fiction & Related Items
Publisher: General Books
ISBN: 9781458929488
ISBN-10: 1458929485

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III ATHABASCA LANDING "I am the land that listens, I am the land that broods; Steeped in eternal beauty, crystalline waters and woods; I wait for the men who will win me?and I will not be won in a day; And I will not be won by weaklings, subtle, suave and mild, But by men with the hearts of vikings, and the simple faith of a child." ?Robert Service. Athabasca Landing, a funnel through which percolates the whole trade between the wheat-belt and the Arctic, isand snatching a hasty supper, we walk down to the river, its edges still encrusted with fragments of winter ice. It is an incomparable sunset, the light a veritable spilt spectrum, spreading itself with prodigality over the swift river. Athabasca Landing the true gateway of the North. Seeing our baggage tucked away in the bar-room of the Grand Union Hotel, The Athabasca, after dipping to the south, here takes a sudden northward bend. Its source is in the crest of the continent far back in the Committee's Punch-Bowl of the Rockies, the general trend of the river being northeasterly. It is the most southerly of the three great tributaries of the mighty Mackenzie, and from its source in Rockies to embouchure in Athabasca Lake it is about seven hundred and seventy-five miles long; through a wooded valley two miles wide it runs with perhaps an average width of two hundred and fifty yards. We are in latitude 55 North, and between us and the Arctic lies an unknown country, which supports but a few hundred Indian trappers and the fur-traders of the Ancient Company in their little posts, clinging like swallows' nests to the river banks. The wheat-plains to the south of us are so fertile and accessible that the tide of immigration has stopped south of where we stand. But that there stretche...

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