Winter in Vermont

ByCharles Edward Crane
THE important activity in Vermont is dairy farming, and the smallest unit that has any true existence in dairy farming is the calendar year. This circumstance has an important bearing on the constitution of the Vermont character and mind — a character formed and a mind directed by necessities that weld the seasons each to each. For this reason a book about a mere Vermont season is bound to be, or to seem, slightly offcentre; it is like an essay about one leg of a fourlegged table. Also, Mr. Crane as a Vermont townsman regards the dairy farmer rather with a distant if sympathetic admiration than with any feeling of sodality; you might read these forty-odd brief topical chapters backward and forward till the cows come home without unearthing a clue to the fact that the Vermont town is just one of the farmer’s public utilities and could not have existed without him.
With these reservations — which the author very likely accepts with full awareness as inherent limitations upon his subject—one can and does abandon oneself to enjoyment. For Mr. Crane is always enjoyable on any aspect of Vermont life; and this book touches in an easy, discursive way on a lot of aspects, from ski tows and shanty fishing on Champlain to the great variety of small woodworking industries and the amazing career of Snowflake Bentley, the photographer. The book is photographically illustrated on a profuse scale, and a map rounds out its usefulness as a guidebook for the winter visitor.
W. F.