Cones for the Camp Fire

Cones for the Camp Fire

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ... them on the spot only an hour before they fell with a sweep, a rush, and a roar of sound as if the columns which uphold the sky had slipped from their bases and a section of heaven had dropped suddenly--a vast ruin--to the earth. The earth trembled to the shock of their overthrow, the air groaned, and as the roar of their fall rolled across the level water of Burrard's Inlet, through the still air, the mountains beyond sent back the murmurs of their regret. Alas, that life must forever feed its growth on death, and human progress advance only over the ruins of the perfect! They fell, and the saws went at them. How their senseless, hungry, cruel teeth ate into and destroyed the majesty of their sublime proportions! We turned away, from a sense of pain and sheer vexation. In the evening the Judge and I crept up through the debris and heavy semi-tropical undergrowth to the crown of the hill on which they had stood. The warm evening air was filled with a ruddy glow, for a hundred giant stumps were still feebly gasping forth fire. We lighted two resinous torches and counted the rings which would give us the measure of their age. "Six hundred and seventy-four years old!" gasped the Judge, and he dropped his torch to the ground. "My God! these trees were older than the landing of Columbus, older than Magna Charta, older than the first translation of the Bible into English, and last week they stood with a thousand years of life ahead of them, and these men of Vancouver have levelled them to the earth with as little sense of what they were doing as the Vandals had when they overturned the immortal sculptures of Rome, and trampled the triumphs of art under the hoofs of their chargers! It is simply brutal. But the trees will have long and...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236566041
  • 9781236566041