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SOME old people tell us that winters are neither so severe nor 80 long now as they were when they were young. Then they had ice for weeks and snow in abundance,

Whatever may be said about this in England, there is no such cause of complaint in the Canadas of North America. There is frost and snow enough to satisfy both old and young. For months together the snow is deep on the ground, and the ice on the lakes and rivers is of great thickness.

Even after milder weather has set in the ice is a long time in melting and passing away, and large blocks may be seen in the rivers piled one upon another, which vanish only as the sun acquires power to melt them.

Sometimes when a large block of ice gets free from the rest it will be carried along by the current of the river with great force, and woe be to the canoes of the Indians or the boats of the settlers which do not take care to keep out of the way of its course.

The picturé represents a mother and her little girl, who, when the long frost was breaking up, went down to the banks of the river to see the blocks of ice, as one after another they broke off and were carried by the current down the stream.

How great is the power of God! “He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the boarfrost like asbes. He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold ? He sendeth out his word, and melteth them; he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow."

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