I Found Myself In Company With Eleven Gentlemen And A Lady From Prince
Edward Island, Whom A Strange Gregarious Instinct Had Thus Drawn Together.
The Engine Gave A Hollow Groan, Very Unlike Our Cheerful Whistle, And,
Soon Moving Through The Town, We Reached The Open Country.
Fair was the country that we passed through in the States of Maine, New
Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
Oh very fair! smiling, cultivated, and
green, like England, but far happier; for slavery which disgraces the New
World, and poverty which desolates the Old, are nowhere to be seen.
There were many farmhouses surrounded by the nearly finished harvest, with
verandahs covered with vines and roses; and patriarchal-looking family
groups seated under them, engaged in different employments, and enjoying
the sunset, for here it was gorgeous summer. And there were smaller houses
of wood painted white, with bright green jalousies, in gardens of
pumpkins, and surrounded by orchards. Apples seemed almost to grow wild;
there were as many orchards as corn-fields, and apple and pear trees grew
in the very hedgerows.
And such apples! not like our small, sour, flavourless things, but like
some southern fruit; huge balls, red and yellow, such as are caricatured
in wood, weighing down the fine large trees. There were heaps of apples on
the ground, and horses and cows were eating them in the fields, and rows
of freight-cars at all the stations were laden with them, and little boys
were selling them in the cars; in short, where were they not?
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