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| New Race,” or investigate with curiosity “The DING-A-LING! the curtain is rung down on Tragedy of the Unexpected.” Musing thoughtthe crowded scene, the entr'acte is announced, fully on “The Immortal Life," or communing vacation time is here again. The sweet girl with “ English Men of Letters,” we may tread graduates have spoken their flower-laden vale- the storied paths that stretch“ From the Lakes dictories, the newly fledged alumnus has re- of Killarney to the Golden Horn,” making ceived his titled sheepskin, the business man “Sketches and Studies in Southern Europe,” closes his eyes to the spectres an unbal- or, sauntering “Through Normandy,” catch now anced ledger, the careful housewife clothes her and then “A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, cherished Penates in their holland shrouds, Wisdom, and Wickedness.” Others of us, and hurrying from the cares and worries of the pacing the white-sanded shore with one of work-day world, by boat and rail, with modest “ Beauty's Daughter's," may find all nature one handbag or portentous Saratogas, each day | living “Summer Book," or as we seek, with new trains of summer pilgrims seek their re- unsteady hand and perplexing gun, to rival spective havens of rest.
“The Prodigious Adventures of Tartarin of Swinging lazily in the hammock on some Tarascon," we may find on“ Second Thoughts' shady hotel veranda, lolling in the rest-inviting that we have in truth gone upon “A Fool's steamboat chair, Europe-bound, in camp or Errand.” Better far to keep to our less hazcabin, or pleasant country house, the summer ardous “ Loiterings in Pleasant Paths," croonlounger fingers the leaves of some alluring ing some one of the “Flower Songs for Flower book, and varies the delicious monotony of Lovers," or marking the perfect rhythm of the healthy idleness with intermittent glances at “Songs of the Spring-tide.” If, again, our enthe attractive page.
deavors to analyze “Woman's Work and Without discriminating as to what book this Worth" should prove “A Hopeless Case,” shall be, or how or where it shall be read, this we may retire with “Confidence" to Summer Catalogue confidingly steals into the secluded spot where each one perhaps may pleasant preliminaries of the prospective sum- say, “Alas ! all the 'Memories of My Exile' mer loiterer, and spreading before his gaze the prove but the 'Reminiscences of an Idler.'” list of freshest books, invitingly remarks,“ Here, In this reflective mood, assured that life's exO reader, is the key of the storeroom of de-periences are either “Odd or Even,” we may, as light ; open, scan, choose and read your fill." the “ Ode of Life" floats in dim symphonies
The delights offered are many and various; through our dreamy hours, find this lotus life seductive novel and breezy essay, pungent more worth our thought than the “Confessions criticism and song-burdened verse, sketch and of a Frivolous Girl,” more worthy our philonarrative and grave reflection. Guide-books sophic musing than the personal idiosyncrasies are here in ample measure—compasses to direct of “His Majesty Myself.” the wanderer over the unknown ocean of sight- But the possibilities thicken as the titles seeing, from the modest ten-center, that num- crowd, and debating which to choose, the inbers the consecutive sands of Coney Island, to tending tourist or expectant idler may well the portly five dollar aristocrats that lead us to pause in bewilderment, subscribing anew to the our “kin beyond the sea.” Following these reflection of the royal proverb-maker as he in right of succession may justly come “ The sat ages ago, at his library table, with his stuUndiscovered Country,” crowded with the dent's lamp, surrounded by the papyrus-filled latest fancies of Howells' ready pen. Passing shelves of the Imperial Library of Old Jerusaon “ Through the Light Continent,” and “East- lem, “ Truly, of making many books there is ward Ho!" we may perchance discover “A no end."
the mountains, papers upon the physics, geog- paged and interleaved, so that he who runs raphy and natural history of these regions, and may read. specific directions for investigations in the field. Too much praise cannot be accorded to these The result of each year's work is given in de enthusiastic men and women, whose love of tail, illustrated by maps of the various regions nature and her mountain-tops has led them to visited, and profiles of views from various places, engage in the practical development of the rewhich will greatly aid the traveller in identifying gion they love so well, and whose labor, at prominent points, are also published.”
times rough, tiresome and arduous, is perThe departments of Exploration and Improve- formed for the public welfare and the general ments perform what might be termed the heavy good. Yet how pleasant all this work of exwork of the Club, and their reports are full of nov- ploration may be made, and how much of health elty and interest. The Explorers determining and strength may result to the ardent Appalaupon a special course of research, make copious chian, is sufficiently shown by the following exnotes, which include a description of the trip, tract from a report by Miss M. F. Whitman, a a table of the times of starting, stopping, arriv- member of the club, upon" A Climb through ing, etc., and an estimate of distances, rough Tuckerman's Ravine," and with which this maps of the routes traversed, with a clear and sketch of the Appalachian Mountain Club may succinct account of actual experiences, peculi- justly close : arities noticed, difficulties experienced, and “While discussing our lunch on the preci. similar details of interest. To them succeed pice above, just out of reach of the guidethe Improvers, blazing the course of the pro- book tourist, one of the gentlemen of our little posed path, as it winds through the woods, by party, who had often been our leader in explotransferring to the trees on the route the official ration, challenged us to follow up to the snow A, cut with the stamp attached to the Club's arches in Tuckerman's Ravine. I had long deblazing-hatchet, or marking the rocks along the sired to explore this region, and, feeling great barren tracts with the white A M C, by means confidence in his powers as well as my own for of the Club's stencil. On trees or signal-staffs, the work, without hesitation announced my or under cairns, are placed the Record Bottles readiness to start upon the instant. The rest which contain the records of exploring parties, not feeling inclined to join, we left our heavy and which are intended to afford to those who wraps with them to be taken back to camp, and may use the paths the opportunity for the entry divested ourselves of all but the most necesof suggestions and information useful at the sary luggage, which little we carried slung to points of deposit. Camps made of bark, of belts. At a little past two o'clock we started, logs or boards, are established at points of promising to be back in camp by dark with special interest, and serve as centres for the true mountain appetites for a hot supper. As working parties, or for members of the Club had been stated at former meetings of the in future explorations and researches.
Club, the old path is considerably overThus, in countless ways and with much mic grown, and in many places the blazes are ob-. nuteness and detail, the various departments of scure, but we rambled leisurely along, every, the Club perform their appointed duties, and step a revelation of beauty such as is only seen the combined efforts of the several members in the deep recesses of the unbroken forest. not only give zest and interest to the proceed. Rank beds of fern covered with a veil of loveings, but the actual results attained are of in- liness the scars left by trees uprooted by the calculable benefit to tourists and mountaineers. winter's storms; the beautiful linnæa in many And so for days, through the pleasant summer places bordered the path ; orchids, both old weather, these practical explorers, penetrating friends and new, seemed to spring up in every into the forest by-ways, “blaze" new paths in direction, luring us from our way in our eager every direction, and many points of interest are search for floral treasures ; beds of starry oxarendered accessible, which but for the labors of lias tempted us to stop and revel in their beauty, this Club would remain unknown or unap- while our indolence was awakened by the proachable, save at the risk of life or limb. dainty upholstery of soft green mosses on huge Camping here and tramping there, fording old logs. But amid all these temptations we mountain streams and scaling slippery rocks, did not lose sight of our object. It was a conthese chamois in knickerbockers and petti- stant climb, but so filled with delight, so coats, each with a definite object in view, an- brimming with invigoration and excitement, nually overrun the White Mountain amphi. that we heeded not the work or the passing theatre from the vestibule of Winnepesaukee hour." and the dress.circle of Red Hill to the crowning point of this greatest of nature's stage effectsthe rocky crest of Mount Washington. Not a “Take Them and Keep Them." tree or shrub escapes the critical eye of the ob
Take them and keep them, serving Appalachian ; the slightest deflection in
Silvery thorn and flower, the course of a mountain stream, the exact drop
Plucked just at random of the mountain cataract ; bird and beast, in
In the rosy weathersect, fish and mollusk, the eozoic gneisses that
Spow-drop and pansies,
Sprigs of wayside heather, crop above the carpet of pine needles and the
And five-leaved wild-rose scanty vegetation all, are noted. Moun
Dead within an hour. tains are measured, maps are outlined, lakes
Take them and keep them ; and streams are fathomed, and the whole White
Who can tell? some day, dear Mountain region that for generations has
(Though they be withered, frowned upon the awe-struck traveller or over
Flower, and thorn, and blossom),
Held for an instant topped the leg-weary tourist, is humbled to
Up against thy bosom, the dust before the omnipresent Appalachian,
They might make December and lies spread out like an open book for the
Seem to thee like May, dear !-ALDRICH. gaze of the summer rambler of to-day, indexed, From “ Flower Songs for Flower Lovers” (Randolph).
dreadfully in camp. Threads and needles are items that masculines can not afford to forget.
For these things and toilet articles the light rollBut, after all and before all, the first prerequi- ing toilet-cases are very convenient, because they site of the right kind of a camp is to have the serve as a memorandum in keeping your things right kind of people in it. There is no better together, and can be tied up at the side of the trial of friendship than the close test of camp- tent over your sleeping-place. A stout jacklife, and woe be to that party which has despised knife, a watertight match-safe, and a compass, this fundamental rule! One bore, or one Miss are absolutely indispensable. Writing-material Nancy, or one weakling, will easily spoil the and postage-stamps are a great nuisance when pleasure of an entire camp. You want people you don't have them;" and a guide-book and who will not pout on rainy days or over a week the best map that can be had should be someof rain; who will not be afraid of spoiling their where among the party. Don't forget towels clothes or die of dampening their feet; who will and soap, which are individual rather than camp not talk all the time, but sometimes; who will properties, but apt to be overlooked because of do their share of work as well as of play ; who the doubt. In a capital little book, called will not fume over bad dinners or no dinner at “How to Camp Out," by John M. Gould, an all; in a word, people who are cheerful and old army-man and an experienced camper, is a cheery, and who go knowing that even the rain- check-list of all the things you are likely to bow has tears in it. As to number, it is well to want, and a great many more than you ought reckon by twos, and to remember that a large to want, that it will be useful to run over. Guns company is not easy to provide for, at indefinite and ammunition, and rods and flies, must dedistances from grocery-stores, unless you are pend on the locality in which the hunting or sure of a base of supplies. Four or six is the fishing is to be done. best number for experiment. If you have both A light rubber blanket is needed ; those, ladies and gentlemen, a large camp is usual and called poncho, with an immense buttonhole, so agreeable, and ladies are a blessing in camp if to speak, in the middle, to put your head through, they are the kind who take to it kindly. It re- serve as bed by night and overcoat by day. A quires a large tent, however, to afford room for pair of light-weight army-blankets (the two a canvas centre-wall, and two tents are by all woven continuously, so as to fold at your feet). means better. If the ladies are afraid to stay costing from three to five dollars, complete the by themselves in a house of their own, they are bed. In a permanent camp some take a tickingof the sort who will do better to stay at home sack, which they may fill with straw or leaves, altogether. But it is a comfort to have them but most will prefer the fragrant mattress of about camp, and not only because they know hemlock-leaves, although it is abominable work better than most men how to wash the dishes ! picking enough of them. All this “kit” for a mov. A friend of camping experience, nevertheless, able camp, should not count up to so much as insists that it is well, once in a year, to break twenty pounds, which is a sore load for most away from all such social ties, and get a com- travellers. They can be made up into a pack pany of clean-spoken men together by them in the rubber blanket, fastened with carryingselves, for the sake of the entire change. The straps, which should be broad at the bearings incompleteness of man without woman is then on the shoulders; or into a long roll, similarly the more fully appreciated when one gets back wrapped, and tied into a ring, to be carried again. There is philosophy in this; but, then, first over one shoulder and then over the other ; the ladies can scarcely revel in a similar exclu- or packed in a knapsack, of which those of light siveness, and it is a poor rule that don't work waterproof cloth, such as are made in London
for the Alpine Club, are the best, In getting up the personal outfit for camp- For cooking utensils, a frying-pan, coffee-pot, life there is apt to be more danger, with green- water-pail, hatchet, large knife, and knife, fork, horns, of taking too much rather than too little spoon, plate, and cup for each person, are ne-I mean not of a dram, but of dress. The par. cessaries. There are beautiful camp-kettle afticular mistake most people make, however, fairs that combine everything you can possibly especially in going north in summer, is in tak- want, in no space at all, but in these cases all is ing thin instead of thick garments. Nights are not gold that glitters. Particularly in a movacool, and apt to be cold, in the northern woods ble camp, they are of more bother than the or by the lakes. A change of not too thin primitive articles, which can be distributed woollen underclothing is the first sine qua non ; among the various members of the party. As then a pair of laced boots that fit (too large are to provisions, it is difficult indeed to give genquite as bad as too small), and a pair of slippers eral advice; it depends on the country. An for a change and to sleep in, which may seem Adirondack guide commonly contents himself an absurdity, but is a very practical comfort. A with salt pork, corn-meal, coffee, a little tea, change of flannel negligée shirts, loose-necked potatoes, salt and pepper, in addition to his and long ; one coat that will serve as an over. gun and rod. Self-raising flour, crackers, and coat; pantaloons that neither tear easily nor canned goods, especially soups and vegetables, catch burs and dirt-blue jeans is capital ma- come handy in a permanent camp ; for it must terial, though not handsome nor very warm ; not be forgotten that fresh vegetables are not woollen stockings, and a hat that shades the procurable north until late in the season. Such eyes, are the other necessaries for the outer things can most economically be bought in the
In a tramp the pantaloons should be tied large cities before starting, and freighted up as about the ankles, not too tightly. Ladies are far as possible. Lemons are a great desiderabest off with simple mountain-dresses, short- tum in camp. But “ everything depends.” If skirted, of dark flannel or waterproof. It is a the camp is to be permanent and not far from practical suggestion, worth noting, that pockets roads, much more can be carried ; a servant is in camp-apparel should always be arranged to then desirable, at once for the care of these button up, because they do “spill 'round" things, to cook, and to keep camp. With small
parties, moving about, a servant is less desira. ble. The Dartmouth College boys had a way of camping about the White Hills peripatetically, hiring a wagon for their camp-luggage, and buying an old horse at the beginning, which they could sell at not much loss at the end. Such a plan limits you, but saves much hard work. In the Adirondacks, the journeying is mostly by water ; but, when you do come to the “carry,” it is a great bother to have so much luggage that the guide, after walking off like a great beetle with the boat on his head and part of the “kit” underneath on his shoulders, must go back for a second load.
Enjoyable and healthful camping should be leisurely-not an attempt to do ever so much or make ever so many miles a day. The lazi. ness of it is a great boon. Yet there must also be exercise. In walking, a dozen to twenty miles a day is enough for any one, and it should be done morning and evening, before eleven and after four. It is a good plan to laze one day and “do the next, alternately. To one who manages wisely, camp-days become thus the most enjoyable in life.- From “ Camping Out,” in “ Appletons' Summer Book.”
Enjoying nature's benison,
Some pastoral of Tennyson,
'Tis safe to bet one's pennies on.
And need not envy any son
Of cities, rests a denizen.
And now we mourn the many sun-
And joys we've had in plenison,
Throw off dull care, if any's on,
And feast off boughten venison."
The Most Enduring Fences.
BY ROWLAND C. ROBINSON. Of all fences, the most enduring and the most satisfying to the eye is the stone wall. If its foundation is well laid, it may last as long as the world—which, indeed, it may slowly sink into; or the accumulating layers of earth may in years cover it; but it will still be a wall -a grassy ridge with a core of stone. A wall soon gets rid of its new look. It is not propped seas, and tumbled down to the lower lands from up on the earth, but has its foundations in it; the overhanging ledges. Lumps of gray granite mosses and lichens take quickly and kindly to and gneiss, and dull-red blocks of sandstone, it, and grass and weeds grow out of its lower fragments of blue limestone, and only a geolocrevices, mullein and brakes and the bulby gisi knows how many others, mostly with stalks of golden-rod spring up beside it. Black smooth-worn sides and rounded corners and raspberry bushes loop along it, over it, and edges. All together, they make a line of beaustretch out from it, clumps of sweet elders shade tifully variegated color and of light and shade. its sides, and their broad cymes of blossoms, One old wall that I know of has been a rich and later, clusters of blackberries, beloved of mine for a brood of callow geologists, who robins and school-boys, bend over it. When have pecked it and overhauled it and looked the stones of which it is built are gathered and talked most wisely over its stones, and from the fields, as they generally are, ey are called them names hard en to break their of infinite variety, brought from the far north stony hearts.—From “ New England Fences,” by glaciers, washed up by the waves of ancient lin Scribner's for Feb., 1880.