A Week On The Concord And Merrimack Rivers By Henry David Thoreau




















































































































































 -   On the steep
sides of the island rock, says Belknap, hang several
arm-chairs, fastened to ladders, and secured by - Page 90
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"On The Steep Sides Of The Island Rock," Says Belknap, "Hang Several Arm-Chairs, Fastened To Ladders, And Secured By

A counterpoise, in which fishermen sit to catch salmon and shad with dipping nets." The remains of Indian weirs, made

Of large stones, are still to be seen in the Winnipiseogee, one of the head-waters of this river.

It cannot but affect our philosophy favorably to be reminded of these shoals of migratory fishes, of salmon, shad, alewives, marsh-bankers, and others, which penetrate up the innumerable rivers of our coast in the spring, even to the interior lakes, their scales gleaming in the sun; and again, of the fry which in still greater numbers wend their way downward to the sea. "And is it not pretty sport," wrote Captain John Smith, who was on this coast as early as 1614, "to pull up twopence, sixpence, and twelvepence, as fast as you can haul and veer a line?" - "And what sport doth yield a more pleasing content, and less hurt or charge, than angling with a hook, and crossing the sweet air from isle to isle, over the silent streams of a calm sea."

On the sandy shore, opposite the Glass-house village in Chelmsford, at the Great Bend where we landed to rest us and gather a few wild plums, we discovered the _Campanula rotundifolia_, a new flower to us, the harebell of the poets, which is common to both hemispheres, growing close to the water. Here, in the shady branches of an apple-tree on the sand, we took our nooning, where there was not a zephyr to disturb the repose of this glorious Sabbath day, and we reflected serenely on the long past and successful labors of Latona.

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