I expected from all that I had heard, to see a huge, powerful, and hairy Nimrod; but, instead of such, I found him small in stature, and bearing more the appearance of a modest and thoughtful student. Another was of the ruins of Fort George, with a background of dark-green mountains, made quite desolate by a flock of sheep sleeping in one of its shady moats.
Soon as the quiet night had fairly set in, he shipped himself on board a wooden canoe, a rickety affair, originally bequeathed to this lake by some departed Indian, in the bow of which was a fire jack, or torch holder. Eighty poles were then cut, to which we fastened our lines.
We started at an early hour, equipped in our brown fustians, and laden with well-filled knapsacks—one with a hatchet in his belt, and the other with a brace of pistols. But now the screeching fiddle is again heard above the murmur of talking and laughing voices, and another rush is made for the sanded floor.
Rising from the western margin of Scaroon Lake, is quite a lofty mountain, which was once painted by Thomas Cole, and by him named Scaroon Mountain.
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One of the days that I spent at his house, was quite an eventful one with him, for a town election was held there. It was so christened by Abercrombie, who encamped and spent the sabbath there, when on his way to Ticonderoga, where he was so sadly defeated.
The conditions were that the defeated party should pay for a dinner to be given by my friend Lyndsey. Yes, the far-famed Lake George is my subject; but in what I write, I shall not use that title,—for I do not like the idea of christening what belongs to us with the name of an English monarch, however much his memory deserves to be respected.
Potatoes of the finest quality flourish here, also wheat and corn. His death bed became his grave, and rattlesnakes were his only watchers;—thus endeth the story of his life. But what was my surprise a few moments after, when re-seated in the same place, to find another snake, and that a large spotted adder, passing along the same track the former had pursued.
In form it is so nearly round that its entire shore may be seen at one view; the bottom is covered with white sand, and the water is remarkably cold and clear. Though Tahawus is not quite so lofty as its New England brother, yet its form is by far the most picturesque and imposing.