Chicago, was celebrated only the 400th anniversary
of the discovery of this continent by Columbus.
That expositiont was a mnemorial of the improve-
ments and advainces made by the people of America
since its discovery and settlement.
And we, as Canadians, ,proud of our country, have
catuse to rejoice at the position achieved by our
exhibitors who dlisplayed to great advantage the
indust.ry and intelligence of thne Canadian people.
But this theme is outside of the scope of our
htumble paper, that only proposes to give a short
description of Selmah as first seen by the writer in
June, 1853, forty years ago. And before we come
to our story, we must say a few words about the
earlier history ot'f this district.
It is lnow well known that the first European
settlers in Selmah were of French origin and language.
The French people came early to Acadia as
missionaries of the Catholic church, hunters, fisher-
menl and cultivators of the soil.
In Nova Scotia the centre of their power was at
Annapolis; from that point their settlements extended
into the country, until their hamlets were found on
both shores of Cobequid Bay, and on the Shuben-
acadie River to the head of the tide waters.
For not fewer than forty years after the final
conquest of Nova Scotia by the English, the French
reniained, living industrious, restless lives around the