This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII The Big Country The Big Country AND now we are far away from these little villages, away from cultivation, ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII The Big Country The Big Country AND now we are far away from these little villages, away from cultivation, from the fields and orchards, from all the complexities and perplexities of community life. It has its charm, its inspiration, nevertheless. We have tarried because it was hard to get away. Somehow we felt at home, settled down and comfortable. But for sake of variety, yielding to that ever present and ever restless desire for change, and man's natural animal craving for something wild, we are now up in the big country. Big timber, big lakes, big game, the big life of the open, vast, boundless, trackless. The moose is a big animal. This is a big country and it is in his name. Arriving anywhere on the shores of this lake, by whatever means of civilized transportation, you at once go through a process of mental readjustment that brings touch with the big things of creation. Big is exactly the word. No other quite expresses the Moosehead Lake region. You become absorbed immediately in wider contemplation and sink unconsciously into new surroundings. You are part of the scenery; one of the Indians. That's your canoe there, and gun, and duffel. If you don't change your shirt inside of fifteen minutes it is because the luggage is late. And moccasins at once. Of course! Moosehead grips you and holds you just like that--makes you a part of itself, forthwith and without the least desire for resistance. The William Tell Club, a company of erudite city gentlemen organized for the purpose of advanced study of the higher mental processes and for other and more abstruse forms of psychical research, comes up here every year in order to get background and test new theories on the origin of man, and the birth, growth and development of...Read Less
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