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By Peter Unwin

A joyous romp in the course of the again pages of Canadian quirkiness, Canadian people offers a clean examine the saints, sinners, oddballs, and outright nutbars who've populated the Canadian landscape.

They have been endlessly northbound or south; they have been inveterate walkers, or international type runners, millionaires in ill-advised Citroen half-tracks. The stressed characters who spanned these miles and who fill the pages of this ebook have been fuelled by means of the goals, the doubts, and the certainties in their instances, a simple task that now turns out unfathomable to us and regularly maddening. From doomed explorers to celebrated poets of cheese, this assortment offers a desirable examine the eminent and no-so-eminent characters who got here earlier than us and left their vibrant mark on Canada's background.

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The woman still lives, the girl has gone to Heaven. I saw this girl, eight or nine years old, all benumbed and nothing but skin and bone. I asked the parents to give her to me to baptize. They answered that if I wished to have her they would give her up to me entirely. For to them she was no better than a dead dog. They spoke like this because they are accustomed to abandon altogether those whom they have once judged incurable. We accepted the offer, so that they might see the difference between Christianity and their ungodliness.

There were 80 canoes 36 THE NATIVE PEOPLES OF ATLANTIC CANADA and a boat, 18 wigwams and about 300 people. The most prominent Sagamore was called Betsabes, a man of great discretion and prudence; and I confess we often see in these Savages natural and graceful qualities which will make anyone but a shameless person blush, when they compare them to the greater part of the French who come over here. When they had recognized us they showed their great joy during the evening by their usual demonstrations; dancing, singing and making speeches.

We went to see the Malouins; namely, Sieur du Pont, the younger, and captain Merveilles, who, as we have said, were wintering at St. John river, upon an island called Emenenic, some six leagues up the river: We were still one league and a half from the island when the twilight ended and night came on. The stars had already begun to appear, when suddenly, toward the Northward, a part of the heavens became blood-red: and this light spreading, little by little, in vivid streaks and flashes, moved directly over the settlement of the Malouins and there stepped.

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