In this season I was much surprised with the increase of my family; I had been concerned for the loss of one of my cats, who ran away from me, or, as I thought, had been dead, and I heard no more tidings of her till, to my astonishment, she came home about the end of August with three kittens.
The rainy season and the dry season began now to appear regular to me, and I learned to divide them so as to provide for them accordingly; but I bought all my experience before I had it, and this I am going to relate was one of the most discouraging experiments that I made.
The company that can first open its tempting supplies of coffee, tobacco, ammunition, scarlet cloth, blankets, bright shawls, and glittering trinkets has the greatest chance to get all the peltries and furs of the Indians and free trappers, and to engage their services for the next season. It is able, also, to fit out and dispatch its own trappers the soonest, so as to get the start of its competitors, and to have the first dash into the hunting and trapping grounds.
In the months of June and July, when there is an interval between the hunting seasons, a general rendezvous is held, at some designated place in the mountains, where the affairs of the past year are settled by the resident partners, and the plans for the following year arranged.
The winds prevalent at this season
are from the south and southeast, which usually bring rain.
The Scripture says: "And let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season
we shall reap, if we faint not." From this joyful mountaintop of celebration we hear a call to service in the valley.
‘Duke, that I had him his first season
in our camp; and it is not a wonder that he knows something of his trade.”
In this we have been successful to a degree that makes me feel safe in saying that the season
now has a new meaning, not only through all that immediate region, but, in a measure, wherever our graduates have gone.
But as the seasons
went by it remained questionable whether Agatha was the more to be congratulated on having begun life after leaving school or Henrietta on having finished it.
All that we can do, is to keep steadily in mind that each organic being is striving to increase at a geometrical ratio; that each at some period of its life, during some season
of the year, during each generation or at intervals, has to struggle for life, and to suffer great destruction.
It gave him goose-flesh to think of the season
's aggressive cheerfulness, and in his desire to avoid the obvious he determined to travel on Christmas Eve.
At intervals, he would refer to piles of old log-books beside him, wherein were set down the seasons
and places in which, on various former voyages of various ships, sperm whales had been captured or seen.