The Philosopher in the Clearing (Classic Reprint)

The Philosopher in the Clearing (Classic Reprint)

by John James Procter
     
 

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Some years ago, when I was asked by the editor of the St. Johns News - who must be forgiven in that he did it in ignorance, and never dreamed of the amount of boredom he was preparing to inflict on himself and his readers - to contribute to his paper regularly, I was for a moment inclined to refuse, being appalled at the

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Some years ago, when I was asked by the editor of the St. Johns News - who must be forgiven in that he did it in ignorance, and never dreamed of the amount of boredom he was preparing to inflict on himself and his readers - to contribute to his paper regularly, I was for a moment inclined to refuse, being appalled at the prospect of having something to write about every week. I had not learned at the time that it is the easiest thing in the world to say it when you have nothing to say, and, very frequently, the hardest thing when you have. That is the reason why the fair sex are so eminently gifted in the oratorical line, and why men are either silent altogether, or make an awful mess of it when they do speak. However, I concluded, as too many unfortunate readers are aware, to try the experiment, and then came the question what line I should take, and in what guise I should present myself. As I pondered over these things my eyes lit upon an old stump by the roadside, and suddenly there came before me a vision of the half-forgotten past when I first came into this country, and when all was an unknown land to me, even as the literary journey on which I was preparing to embark was.

It was late in the fall of one of the fifties when, after a stay of some four weeks in Montreal, I set out to make my abode in a certain village of the Eastern Townships, which was better known to its neighbors at that time by the name of Slab City, than by the one it insisted on being called, though it eventually succeeded in carrying its point. How well do I remember the long day's ride in the stage under a hot sun from St. Johns to Stanbridge East, at which point I rested from my joltings for the night! How exciting was the constantly recurring speculation as to which wheel was coming off first as we rumbled into and out of holes in which a calf might have been buried, and in which occasional cats, young puppies, and other agricultural products were!

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ISBN-13:
9781331517191
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
07/16/2015
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

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