Historic Waterways-Six Hundred Miles of Canoeing Down the Rock, Fox, and Wisconsin Rivers

Historic Waterways-Six Hundred Miles of Canoeing Down the Rock, Fox, and Wisconsin Rivers

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Excerpt: ...and miles away, one hears a sudden twanging note, like that of the finger-snapped bass string of a violin; whereas the customary refrain may be likened to the deep reverberations of the bass-viol. Add the countless chatter and whistle of the birds, the ear-piercing hum of the cicada, and the muffled chimes from scores of sheep and cow bells on the hillside pastures, and we have an 159 orchestral accompaniment upon our voyage that could be fully appreciated only in a Chinese theatre. In the pockets and the sloughs, we find thousands of yellow and white water-lilies, and sometimes progress is impeded by masses of creeping root-stalks which have been torn from their muddy bed by the upheaval of the ice, and now float about in great rafts, firmly anchored by the few whose extremities are still imbedded in the ooze. Fishing-boats were also occasionally met with this morning, occupied by Packwaukee people; for in the widespreads just above this village, the pickerel thrives mightily off the swarms of perch who love these reedy seas; and the weighty sturgeon often swallows a hook and gives his captor many a frenzied tug before he consents to enter the "live-box" which floats behind each craft. SECOND LETTER. FROM PACKWAUKEE TO BERLIN. Berlin, Wis., June 8, 1887. M y dear Wshow more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236734637
  • 9781236734631