Excerpt from The Story of a French Homestead in the Old Northwest
Pioneer life in the old nolthugst w's not a peeled of monumental Vice. Uf course sin existed some or it was bru tal, nearly all of it srlfish, and some of it pitiful, but good triumphed over ev1l always. Inere wele many lovely virtues practiced in those days, and in's ite of the necessarily Slmgle life of tie back woods, thele was much true ele gance, united to genuine politeness. Sin did not ex st in any monumentcl foim, enmi what might seem Sinful to narrow-nineedpersons, knowing only the coddlllun) or life as theylnn'are, was, ulimality, true Virtue. L allude t) thj Custom or common-law mariiage, which was in ren eral use in the backwoods of the north west of one hundred ycc rs ago, oy 1n son of Circumstances both political nd re ligious.
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