Sunrise over a Prairie Town. ('as We Were')

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Sunrise over a Prairie Town. ('as We Were')


From The Regina Leader Post, March 1, 1883.

The sunrise over the prairie yesterday morning was indescribably beautiful -- unbelievable if describable. First there was the clear morning, the snow white as an infant's conscience, the sky pale blue with a hint of warmth on the horizon and the half-moon in the zenith. Then in the east a short bar of molten gold, the horizon immediately on each side yellow, merging into the delicate half-toned purple which completed the circle. The short bar of molten gold became a crescent of livid fire, and little protuberances on the prairie threw small shadows on the expanse of "snow white" crust, which lay wide as the open sea. The air was so spring like, so balmy that an old country ear could fancy the lark springing up, a sky-piercing shaft of song. Regina reposed in the sunlight under a blue canopy and as clear as spans the bay of Naples. …

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