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avril/April 1999

hen I was a kid I heard a poem about a river called the Skoodawabskooksis.  The poem starts like this:

Sweet maiden of Passamaquoddy
Shall we seek for communion of souls,
Where the deep Mississippi meanders,
Or the distant Saskatchewan rolls?
Ah, no! In New Brunswick we'll find it,
A sweetly sequestered nook -
Where the swift gliding Skoodawabskooksis
Unites with the Skoodawabskook.

It is supposed to be a lovely spot where a blue and green river meat.  Since "sis" means small, I assume that the Skoodawabskooksis is a
tributary of the Skoodawabskook.  Do you know where the river is?  
If so, please reply to:
for Dave & Julie Beeston 

The Unknown Country
by Bruce Hutchison
Submitted by: 
Jane Tarn
The Kindness Club

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t.gif (259 bytes)he Saint John River has always been the spinal cord of New Brunswick’s life since the first days when everybody traveled on chuffing little steamboats and old Captain Sam Peabody used to bring up the freight, the passengers, and the news, stopping with a blast of his whistle at every farmer’s wharf. The white-throated sparrow came about the same time as the ice broke and the Captain’s boat waddled up the river for the first trip of the season, and the people said the sparrow sang: Old Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody ...
"That is how the Peabody Bird got its name.  Few people remember that now.

Seven Rivers of Canada
by Hugh MacLennan
Submitted by: 
Jane Tarn
, The Kindness Club


t.gif (259 bytes)he St. John is intimate and very beautiful. On fine summer days the colours in its lower reaches shift from ocean blue to delphinium blue to a deep quivering violet according to the intensity of the light given out by the sky. A sudden rain in the Aroostook country can make the upper St. John look as brown as the Red (river) while the lower stream is still clear, and indeed the depth lower down is so great, the current so gentle, that the silt from the upper river tends to sink to the bottom, with the result that the water of the lower St. John is beautifully clear most of the time. Sunsets in the Long Reach are as majestic as sunsets in a deep fjord of Norway. At dawn and in the evening some of the settled sections have pastel hues soft as in southern England.

Seven Rivers of Canada
by Hugh MacLennan 1961
Submitted by: 
Jane Tarn
, The Kindness Club


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(photo: Emily McMillan)

n.gif (432 bytes)obody should ever have called this river the Rhine of America. The Rhine is longer, larger, more dramatic, its banks are crowded with monuments and factory cities, its surface with coal barges and excursion steamers. Those romantic castles which glower at you from Rhenish Islands were never beautiful. They housed robbers and torturers, and you can almost feel their wickedness as you pass them by.

But the St. John River knew little wickedness, .... The hills of the Long Reach are virgin forests glorious with colours in the fall, while on the Rhine they are terraced vineyards.

The History of the
Saint John River
by W.O. Raymond
Submitted by: 
Jane Tarn
,  The Kindness Club
t.gif (259 bytes)he pines of our primeval forests were evidently of magnificent proportions ...... Many of the largest pines grew on the banks of the Rushagonish, a branch of the Oromocto."  

From: Restigouche.com t.gif (259 bytes)he many hills and mountains forming the Restigouche county
has caused it to be called the "Land of Contrats".