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upon them; and to think how some below are busying their thoughts about how they shall hedge in another field, or multiply their flocks in yonder meadows, gives him a taste of the same pity which Jesus Celt in his solitude, when his followers were contending about which should be greatest."
Every fashionable "resort" has its especial p iints or lions—-its great staple " sights." The staple, par excellence, of the Mountain House is the "sunrising." Though every body does the "sunrise," and every body rhapsodizes thereon, and though it forms now one of our own themes, yet it never has been and never can be looked, or talked, or scribbled up or down".
There are here extraordinary facilities for enjoying this high delight of nature. The orient is before you, unobstructed by intervening hill or object whatsoever. The first smiles of the monarch of the morn arc yours, dimmed by the intervention of a few jealous or, perhaps, weleoming clouds, for they laugh and dance with radiant beauty and grace as his burning caress calls the roses to their cheeks. The dense sea of vapor which overhangs the wide valley far below, is broken as by the wand of an enchanter, and it rises into the upper air, like the smoke of a thousand watch-fires, bringing hill, and vale, and stream, with all their myriad details into active and joyous life and motion. It is a curious and oftentimes an amusing study, to observe the varying degrees of emotion or indifference with which more poetic or obtuser natures witness this sublime spectacle: the highly spiritual temperament worshiping with religious oneness and fervor;
the intelligent and philosophic mind satisfied with its grand beauties; the simply wondering observer gazing with new and pleased astonishment; down through all the shades of coolness and insensibility—lazily scanning the scene from chamber window, or enduring terrible martyrdom, standing in the shivering chilliness of the early morning air.
A pleasant morning may be spent in a tramp to the North Mountain, a neighboring eminence, overlooking the Mountain House and its surroundings. The "Two Lakes," of which anon, sleep peacefully below in their soaring hammocks, while the great valley of the Hudson spreads away to the east and south. Glorious is the sparkle and freshness of the air at this lofty altitude, giving one a feeling and relish of life, of a vigor and intensity undreamed of in the thronged city. We may perhaps be permitted to relate here a little adventure incident to our first pilgrimage to the Xorth Mountain. This part of the Catskills was always a favorite range of the bear; and they may yet be readily found here .when sought at the proper season. We were duly posted in respect to this fact, as also touching a habit this animal has of leaving marks of his passage, in the shape of up-tumed stones. Our companion kept a sharp eye upon all the rocks in our path, and seemed to be in mortal fear of encountering one of the black gentry. It so happened that in returning we lost our way, and the better to re-find it, we agreed to search each in a different direction, being careful, however, not to lose one another. We at length discovered the path, and our fancy was so enlivened by our good fortune that it suggested to us a