Excerpt from Miss. Churchill a Study
Balsamic odors are inhaled with every breath, and some aspects of beauty strike the observant eye so strongly that they can never be forgotten - serried ranks of spear-like pines, ranged like embattled Titans against a stormy sunset; deep-green crests stretching with solemn majesty toward a far, golden horizon; or a close-girdling wood, full of the suggestion of infinite melancholy, as the trees lift their dark boughs against a cold, gray sky.
These pictures, and many more, came as familiar memories to a man who for the first time in twenty years found himself traveling through the pine-lands. All day long the railroad-car in which he sat had been filled with the unflattering comments of travelers, new to the country, on the gloomy and monotonous scenes presented to their view; but Bernard Lysle, who had seen pretty much everything that the world could show, from tropical jungles to Russian steppes, sat silent, gazing out of the window beside him and recalling the half-forgotten memories of his early youth. He had been a mere child when he first saw these somber forests, coming with his father from the far Canadian North in search of health for the latter. In the pine-lands - not then so well known as they are now for their salubrious qualities - Mr. Lysle gained, if not health, at least a longer lease of life; and here he spent the greater part of several years. Recollection of these years thronged upon Bernard as the great forest opened its interminable vistas to his gaze. They were recollections of scenes and people changed or vanished now in the storm of war that had burst over them.
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