Excerpt from The Newfoundland Quarterly, Vol. 7: July, 1907
Our next short trip was over to the head of Kippen's Brook; here we found traces of asbestos in the small stones of the river, but none in the bed-rock. On our way down the brook we found two small brooks damned by the beavers, forming in each case a small pond, on the banks of which we found a number of their houses, some of which were four feet high. Many large birch trees were cut down near the river, and some of them were thrown across it, these strengthened by sticks, stones and mud formed the barrier which caused the water to form a level sur face just above the entrance to each house, and which in dry or wet season is kept at the same depth. Were no such provision made the fox 'or wolf would soon clean the interesting little ani mals out.
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