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THE DELAWARE WATER GAP.
BY THE EDITOR.
There is something exciting, romantic al- , time when he was not waiting upon his cusmost, in entering a stage coach at the approach tomers, he was singing or whistling in a very of the morning twilight, and listening for an pleasant falsetto. Whether the music be the hour to the conversation of one's fellow-pas cause or an effect of his cheerfulness and obsengers, without seeing their faces, and im liging disposition, we cannot tell. Probably he agining how they look, or rather how they will could not tell himself, but we mention the look, when the sun sheds a little more light on circumstance as a hint to other drivers, many the subject. Something of this romantic in- of whom are occasionally peevish and fretful terest we felt one beautiful summer morning, enough-some little better than bears. when we entered the coach at Easton for the A seat with the driver in this part of the Delaware Water Gap; and the driver was not country, and indeed in almost any part, must be disposed to break the charm at all, for he taken with one rather serious inconvenience. ushered us into the vehicle without the assist The driver's box is the chimney of the coach. ance of any light other than that of the stars, The smoking is done here. The nuisanceand they shone rather faintly at the time. we cannot think of a milder word to express
The Delaware Water Gap is one of the our notion of the habit-is common enough noblest and proudest forms in which we have everywhere; but it is peculiarly so in this part ever seen Nature exhibit herself. But we are of Pennsylvania. Really it is a phenomenon not there yet by a long way, and it is not best to be noted down in one's memorandum, to see to rush into it, or a description of it, in too a man who never smokes. And the worst of great a hurry. We are among the Germans it is, that the segars here are very long-lived. now, and must do as the Germans do--go de- | So it seemed to us. They are the most reliberately to work, and not get ourselves into a markable for their longevity, after they are fever of excitement at the outset. We have lighted, of any segars we ever met with. laughed at least a dozen times over Knicker Whether it is because the Pennsylvanian bocker's story about the way in which his great smokers take it more leisurely-which is not grandfather built the church at Rotterdam. It unlikely considering they are many of them was rather ludicrous, but in this instance we Germans-or because the segars are constitumean to imitate him a little, and our readers tionally more tenacious of life, we did not learn. will have to bear with us for aught we see. But the segars do live a provokingly long time, They will no doubt be the more hungry for and raise a provokingly dense cloud of smoke. that description, and relish it all the better, if | Apropos of tobacco smoke, since we are bewe keep them waiting awhile.
calmed in an atmosphere of it—a friend of ours. After daylight had in some measure broken a lady of no little shrewdness, accounts for the the charm within, we mounted the seat with smoky character of the German philosophy, by the driver. He is one of the most good-natured, the presence of such immense quantities of obliging souls we ever met with-remarkably burning tobacco in the country where these clever, using the word in the New England systems originale. It may be so-it will bear sense. We should not wonder if he stopped thinking of, at all events. twenty times on the road, to attend to some The road from Easton to the Water Gap is errand. No matter what the errand was very winding and hilly. For awhile it follows knitting-needles, lace-edgings, saws, rakes, the Delaware; but it gets weary of that after grindstones, invitations to tea and quiltings proceeding some eight miles, and then it runs it was all the same to him. He was never quite on its own hook. The scenery is charmimpatient, never out of humor, and most of the ' ing all the way. After we leave the Delaware