September 24, 1948
Holbrook Hits Median
Between Pole and Equator
by Betty Holbrook
About halfway between the North
Pole and the Equator, the Atlantic
coast of the North American con
tinent becomes involved and tort
uous, as though the big and little
islands to be found there had been
spewed out of the mouth of the St.
Lawrence River. These blobs vary
in size, but only one has managed
to hang onto the mainland by a
shred. Except for the convenience to
transportation of this seventeen-mile-
isthmus, Nova Scotia, is in every
other sense an island, with all the
self-conscious unity and distinction
that every small inhabited bit of
earth entirely surrounded by water
seems to possess.
Its outline is one of tlie most dis
tinctive in the world; for no matter
what it happens to be colored on a
map, it reminds almost everyone of
a lobster. There its geographical
simplicity ends, however; for no
place is more difficult to fit into a
single phrase. Against the south
eastern shore of Nova Scotia the At
lantic pushes and pulls and strains,
never still, never kind, never warm.
On the west of the peninsula the
tides of the Bay of Eundy maintain
another rhythm that is likewise con
stant and unbroken. But here it is
up and down rather than back and
forth. Depending upon the size of
bays and river mouths, these tides
rise from heights of forty to seventy- !
five feet at certain points being the
highest tides in the world.
Everywhere between the water
boundaries of Nova Scotia the land
is in movement, too. As soon as
one crosses the Chignecto Tsmus,
where New Brunswick enejs, the top
ography of this province takes on
an aspect of its own. Eor miles and
miles to the horizon the land rolls
out ahead, gently undulating, rising
to sizable hills, dipping into small
valleys and dropping away to border
vales, but never maintaining either
a plain surface or a continuously
jagged sky line. The roads of Nova
Scotia follow natural contours, twist
ing and turning their way around
up and over sometimes in long arcs,
often in bi-bken curves and sudden
turns, always presenting new vistas
of a land that scorns to repeat it
self, and so is incapable of becom
ing a bore.
Four travelers could spend a sum
mer in Nova Scotia, each seeing a i
different part of it only, and be not ,
seventy-five miles apart. If they I
compared notes when they returned
to wherever they came from—each !
discribing accurately what he had
seen—it could easily sound as though
all four were talking of places
thousands of miles apart that had
nothing in common whatever, yet
none being more than fifty miles
from the sea at any place in Nova
Scotia. Such was our impression of
this Maritime privince as far as the
topography was concerned.
One ^s ^first impression of Halifax,
the provinces’ largest city, gives him
the illusion that it is practically
like any other city of about the
same size. However, as the traveler
observes the women marketing on
Saturday with their woven baskets
(they never carry their groceries
borne in paper bags); the quiet seda
teness of a Sunday when almost
everyone goes to church; strolls
through the beautiful public gar- j
of the province, but quite genteel.
Lunenburg was the home of the
greatest deep-sea fishing fleet in
North America. Its schooners were
the most famous in the world and
met with respect on the high seas
by all other vessels, especially Blue-
nose, the greatest of them all. In
cidentally we met an old ^^salt”
who was at one time pilot on this
famous ship. He loved her so that
when he told us about her, his little
eyes sparkled and he became so ex
cited that he could hardly talk. In
Lunenburg, also, they cure codfish.
We went in one of the stores and
the poignant odor remained with us
for a week.
On the western shore we visited
the Evangeline country. After read
ing the poem, then seeing the coun
try, my opinion of Longfellow was
raised ten-fold. He never saw the
district but wrote the best descrip
tion of it that has ever been written.
Grand Pre or Great Meadow” was
the site where the Acadians settled
in 1775 and turned marshes into fer
tile fields by means of miles of dikes.
Apple trees fringe the hills, then
comes the meadows where fine cattle
peacefully graze, then the hay fields |
slope down to the red waters of the j
Minas Basin. In the Evangeline
Memorial Park, the grass is the;
greenest and the flowers are the
brightest that I have ever seen. The
scene begars description.
All in all Nova Scotia is quite !
foreign but at the same time reser- |
ves a touch of the familiar due to !
the fine character of the natives.
They are the nicest people wuth
whom I have ever come in contact.
When one goes to Nova Scotia, he
is Jiot a tourist, he is a guest of
Freshmen! Here’s your chance to
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eer. Sophomores! Brush up for
your compreliensives. Juniors! Sen
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national and international affairs,
sports, music, art, books and fash
ions if he reads the Sunday New
York Times. See Porter Evans, Bit
ting, or Ruth Lenkoski, Clewell,
about your subscription at special
school rates, The Times, incident
ally will be delivered to your room
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changes in the library rules and re
Books not returned when due will
be subject to a fine of Ic for each
day overdue if paid when the book
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The librarians ask the co-opera- j
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dens; sees that even the city’s most | The Y. W. C. A. Recognition ser
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Sunday evening at 7 p. m. in Old
Chapel. New students are requested
to wear white and sit at the front
of the auditorium so as to simplify
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prominent citizens live in modest
homes; receives perfect English ser
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izes that Halifax, like the rest of
the province, has an air of its own. j
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