PATHFINDERS OF THE WEST
Author : Agnes C. Laut
Early one morning in the spring of 1652 three young men left the little stockaded fort of Three Rivers, on the
north bank of the St. Lawrence, for a day's hunting in the marshes of Lake St. Peter. On one side were the
forested hills, purple with the mists of rising vapor and still streaked with white patches of snow where the
dense woods shut out the sunlight. On the other lay the silver expanse of the St. Lawrence, more like a lake
than a river, with mile on mile southwestward of rush-grown marshes, where plover and curlew and duck and
wild geese flocked to their favorite feeding-grounds three hundred years ago just as they do to-day.
Northeastward, the three mouths of the St. Maurice poured their spring flood into the St. Lawrence.
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