Les Éboulements, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption-des-Eboulements) - 1907 - Where the Horse Is Considered.
From the Travel Magazine.
The Canadian country on the north shore of the St. Lawrence is very hilly indeed in some places. The country "gets a move on" occasionally, if the people do not. We can readily believe it to be an earthquake region, so jumbled up did the hills appear. We were told that the first church of Les Eboulements, our well-named village, slid into the St. Lawrence, and that is why the second was built on the top of a mountain a couple of miles back from the shore. Our farm house was one of those on the plateau about half way up between the wharf and the village. We took a buckboard to the latter the day after we arrived at the former, but no more driving for us in that direction. What is the use when at every hill -- and you can go in no direction without encountering specimens steep as the side of a house -- the driver gets off the vehicle himself and politely requests his passengers to do the same. If you do not instantly comply, the horse turns around and gives you a look so reproachful that you skip off the buckboard in a trice, to toil meakly upward in the heat and the dust.
The Washington Post
August 18, 1907
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