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Author Name:    CHAMPION, Helen Jean

Title:   Over on the Island. First Edition

Publisher:    Ryerson Press, Toronto / Halifax, 1939, 

Seller ID:   110659

CHAMPION, Helen Jean. Over on the Island. Toronto / Halifax : The Ryerson Press, (1939). First Edition. Pp (8),ix-xiv,1-262,frontispiece + 12 plates. 8vo, reddish-brown cloth with gilt lettering to front board and spine. Morley p.117, Watters p.955, Rhodenizer p.85. "This is the story of a bicycle tour through Prince Edward Island. Here are the famous red roads of the island and the famous curving beaches of red sand; historic buildings and places made memorable by legend; fox farms, lobster fisheries, long, luxuriant valleys, birches on windy slopes, the sea circling all. The book is rich in historic anecdotes that cluster round the different places; stories of the early settlers, French and British, and the Indians. Many a story-whether history or the actual experience of the author en route-is enlivened by a humourous twist." Chapters: 1. The Earl of Egmont and the Island : I rememberLord Egmont, cross on the new car ferry, and arrive in Borden; 2. The Firs t Submarine Cable : I hear the story of the cable, see Marie Antoinette's snuff-box, and hear about the ice-boats. I hunt for the aboiteau in Tryon, and visit Crapaud and Victoria. I see the cairn at Holland Cove and think ofthe Duke of Kent; 3. Fort La Joye and Tales of the Micmacs: I visit Fort l a Joye, meet the Smith family, and review people's impressions of the Island. I tell the story of the fair Mineota; 4. Charlottetown, Carlyle's Blumine and the Island Muse: I describe Charlottetown. I am reminded of Margaret Gordon and Carlyle, of Sir Alexander Bannerman, of Desbrisay. I recall the ghost story, meet two Americans again, and read poetry in Victoria Park. Wediscuss the Ich Dien motto, Robert Harris Memorial Gallery, the boats. I r emember the man who could not leave the Island; 5. The Selkirk Settlers : Imeet a friend. We follow the Cavalry and Infantry to Vernon River and shop there. We recall the lot-drawing contest, meet two "flats," and visit Belf ast. We think of Selkirk, and of the election riot; wander through the Polly cemetery; and meet Point Prim's oldest inhabitant; 6. The Belle River Community and Brudenell : We visit the Communist settlement at Belle River , talk about Island coins, and fish at Murray River. We discuss the Carnegie experiment and the politeness of Island trains. We visit Brudenell Point, the Island cemetery, and the sleepy capital of the county; 7. A Plague of Mice : We recall the story of Sailor's Hope, the Duke's settlers, and the "Cain and Abel" quarrel. We see the Flockton Memorial, remember the ladv who danced with the king and so on to the end of the Island! We miss the legends of St. Peter's, see the second Communal settlement, and think of Ruskin; 8. The Anne of Green Gables Country : We rest a while, and cross to Savage Harbour . We relate the story of the Gallants, describe the north shore resorts, De Grouchy, and the first Island auto. We explore the Anne of Green Gables country, fences, and the John Geddie Memorial Church. I play hopscotch. We attend a picnic where Jean wins a dishpan, visit the ghost of a town,and stop at Traveller's Rest; 9. Lennox Island and Micmacs: We see the old county capital, visit the forgotten parish of Malpeque, and dig for gold a t the Point. We see the Indians of Lennox Island; 10. Silver Foxes and Seacows: We go where all must pass Portage. We see the scattered town, camp in Montrose, remember Dalton in Tignish, seek seacows, and end at the norther Point; 11. A Legend of General Wolfe : We hear legends in Miminegash, andmeet General Wolfe disembarking. We remember Carey, visit a traveller's gr ave, see the phantom ship at West Point, and visit O'Leary's Old Curiosity Shop; 12. All Roads Lead to Enmore : We go where all roads lead Enmore; tour around Summerside and cross to Bedeque. We see Borden again and embark on the car ferry. Faint teastain to front board, name to flyleaf, else verygood. 25.00


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