The Quantity Of Wood Piled About Is Amazing
(Lumber They Call It) And It Chokes Up And Destroys The Effect Of The
River, But It Is Not In Itself Ugly, For They Arrange It So Beautifully
And The Colouring Is Bright.
Then we drove to the Government buildings,
and there I was agreeably surprised by the beautiful view, not so
as Quebec certainly, but very fine - the Ottawa, with headlands, well
wooded, frequently breaking the line of the river, and the far reach of
country with blue mountains in the background, and then the air so
deliciously sweet and pure, and reviving. We returned there again in the
afternoon, and sat reading till half-past seven, when we returned to our
small house and John and E - -, and the conductor gave us a capital
dinner - champagne and all sorts of good things, and we all enjoyed it.
Then we chatted and played whist, and then to bed. Hedley and I in the
drawing-room, and John and E - - in small room, the maids in dining-room.
I can't say I slept well for they moved our car once, causing our
conductor to storm at them for their impertinence, and the arrival and
departure of various trains and fog signals, &c., were not calculated to
favour one's slumbers! Hedley declares that a fog signal in the morning
did not awake me, but he slept through all. About twelve, Dick arrived
from Montreal, much better, and our car was fastened to the train and on
we went to Toronto.
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