Thursday, February 03, 2011
We cut down the few old oaks which witnessed the transfer of the township from the Indian to the white man, and perchance commence our museum with a cartridge box taken from a British soldier in 1775. How little we insist on truly grand and beautiful natural features. There may be the most beautiful landscapes in the world within a dozen miles of us, for aught we knowfor their inhabitants do not value nor perceive themand so have not made them known to othersbut if a grain of gold were picked up there, or a pearl found in a fresh-water clam, the whole state would resound with the news.
Thousands annually seek the White Mountains to be refreshed by their wild and primitive beautybut when the country was discovered a similar kind of beauty prevailed all over itand much of this might have been preserved for our prersent refreshment if a little foresight and taste had been used.
I do not believe that there is a town in this country which realizes in what its true wealth consists.