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ern traveling facilities, but there are few who avail themselves of the example and advice of Webster, to select a temporary home beneath the broad shadows of these mountains, and to roam each day over and among them until they become theirs.
“Go thither,” says the statesman, “prepared to stay, to study, to feel them. These old settlers are tardy in forming intimate acquaintanceships. Their externals they give to the eye in a moment, upon a clear day; but their true character-their occasional moods of superior majesty — all that makes them a real refreshment, a force, a joy for the rest of your years--they show only to the calmer eye-only to him who waits sufficiently long to unthink his city habits, and bide their time.
THE casual visitor, who whirls to
I and over the White Hills of New Hampshire, is amazed and gratified with the solid grandeur and the varied beauty of the scenes through which he may be borne, even with the hot haste of mod.
Expend the same money at some one population more sparse, as you proceed spot, that might otherwise be spread towards Island Pond—the town of Gorover the lengthened journey ; take the ham, N. H., being the point, on the way proper times for driving out to examine thither, at which pleasure-seekers “do and enjoy the best positions; and the mostly congregate" in the summer seamountains will certainly come to you- son, and whence the pilgrim on his jourwhich, it is áverred, they declined to do ney to Mounts Washington, Jefferson, for Mahomet."
Adams, and Moriah, commences his Favorably impressed with the sug- toilsome but romantic and exhilarating gestion, and with the intention of march upward. adopting the spirit of this apparently The present town of Gorham, which, very appropriate counsel, our little until within a few years, formed a part family-party started upon a summer of Shelburne, lies to the north of the tour of the White Mountains, late in a base of the principal eminences known lovely June.
generally as the 3. White Mountains," Our traveling cortége and accompa- and is but a rude village at this time, niments consisted of two gentlemen, a though it was incorporated some twenty comfortable light carriage, a pair of years since. The establishment of the Morgan bays, a brace of Mantons, railroad (running through this town dithree of Conroy's choicest trout rods rectly to Montreal) has had the effect and gear, a sketch-book, two servants, of building it up, somewhat; though its • nine huge trunks, as many band-boxes chief features, now, are the Alpine (confound them !), two hampers of St. House, a fine hotel belonging to the railPerey, and three ladies.
way company, a dépôt near by, and the After leaving the pretty city of Port- few cottage dwellings around, occupied land, Me., the size of the villages north- principally by persons connected with ward perceptibly grows smaller, and the the road, in that neighborhood. Within a
few years, great numbers of travelers select this route to the mountains; and, in the vicinity of Gorham-that is to say, within easy carriage-drives, over very excellent roads are located some of the loveliest spots in that lovely country surrounding the granite monarchs of northern New England.
Mount Moriah lies upon the edge of Shelburne—the town adjoining Gorham-and, from which, the latter-named place is but a “set-off.” Near the centre of Shelburne, and within pleasant driving distance of the “ Alpine," may be seen a curious precipice, or ledge of rock, rising from its base to a height of some seventy feet-in an angle of fifty degrees-called “Moses' Ledge.” It is told that this cliff received its name from the fact that, during an early survey of the town, the authorities offered to bestow the best lot of land in the precinct to the man who could readily climb to the top of this rock. A person by the name of Moses Ingalls removed his boots, and scrambled up to the crown of the ledge, amid the cheers of the surveying party—and hence its cognoinen.
A drive over a very fair road to the north west, from the “ Alpine," dis- the immediate vicinity of the bridge-tant some seven miles, brings you to is very considerable, yet comparatively another locality of much interest-Ber- gradual. And still, but few spots in the lin Falls.
whole tour of the White Mountain This charming spot is now resorted region strikes the beholder with deeper to by hosts of travelers, who cannot fail awe than this wonderful leaping of flood to admire the wild and magnificent over its cragged bed of boulders, clefts, scenery which surrounds this madly- and time-worn rocks. driven torrent, as it rushes, with tre- Returning by the carriage road from mendous force, through the gulch that Berlin Falls, or Berlin cataract (as the forms its craggy, bouldered bed. It is reader pleases), we passed, or halted to called Berlin Falls—but the writer con- examine, many beautiful streams that siders this a misnomer.
gushed from the mountain ridges, along The sketch here presented is an ac- the right or left, and saw three or four curate view, taken in the month of July, miniature cascades that the ladies greatly at a point below the bridge which has admired. As we turned an angle in the been thrown across the torrent. From road, we came in view of the river again, a distance above the bridge, the river a mile or more below the bridge. The comes tumbling down, over a rugged current set rapidly around this point, bed of huge rocks, the descent, for se- and one of the young ladies suddenly veral rods, being sharp and rapid ; but descried a paddle whirling in the eddy, not presenting what is generally under- near the shore. This little incident stood by the abrupt term of a ":fall" of suggested inquiry among our fair comwater. Rapids, or torrent, would de- panions, and our guide-an old mountcidedly be more appropriate to this aineer-related the following, in reply locality, although the fall of the waters to the question, where this isolated oar for a distance of some hundred rods in could have come from :