September 10, 1903

Letter from Rev. G. O. Huestis

Dear Editor, -

Since my visit to your office in connection with the Campmeeting, I have been thinking of some of the points of difference between Kings County, and that of Lunenburg. They are certainly alike, in at least two particulars, consisting of land and water. They differ somewhat in atmospheric changes, though very near each other. Perhaps thus far, in 1903, they have had very similar weather. This has been the most stormy and cold spring and summer ever known. But today we chronicle a marvel. Nine beautiful fine days in succession, I expect Kings can say the same. And also that there has been frost every month so far. Yet our very limited agricultural crops are good. Your chief crop, apples, it seems are likely to be as abundant as formerly, Although Jack Frost left a streak of desolation in the very centre of the great vale. He was checked in his early efforts to destroy, by the breath of the mountains and their shadow, keeping only a narrow line from fructuation, which otherwise would have been general. Our chief crop, fish, so far has been a serious failure. The spring fare, much smaller than usual: The summer trip to the Bay and Banks of Newfoundland, of a most discouraging character, especially so the latter. A considerable number of vessels, after five weeks’ search, unable to secure sufficient fish to pay their board for half that time. This is an unprecedented state of affairs. The outlook for many of our fishermen and their families is exceedingly gloomy and embarrassing. As some of the merchants have already refused to give further credit, in view of the failure, there are families already on the verge of distress. The few remaining weeks before the season ends may relieve somewhat the pending calamity. The outward cause of this trouble has been the scarcity of both fish and bait, especially the latter. The very high price of fish – on the rise, and likely to increase, may somewhat relieve the difficulty, but only of those who get some.

What the apples of Kings are to the people of that County, fish are to Lunenburg. I am glad you are not realizing the same trouble that we are. I remember when you were. Such times are disciplinary lessons of Divine Providence. We are prone to forget God, and become extravagant in times of prosperity. But adversity makes us consider.

Some interesting points of difference in the counties named I will present in my next, shortly.

G. O. Huestis.

Lunenburg, August 31, 1903.

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