HISTORY OF CANAAN.
fooled themselves out of their property, so they took the same trail back, to reclaim their traps, and were not surprised to find them all safe, many of them being sprung. Nor were there any indications of Indians to be seen.
The Indians, one hundred and more years ago were sufficiently numerous and hostile to cause the settlers to be extremely watchful. Evidence exists of two Indian camps in this town. One of these was situated upon the shores of Hart Pond, upon land now owned by Mr. George E. Cobb. Another has been located near the outlet of Goose Pond. Various rude implements, such as axes made of stone, jugs, etc., have been unearthed at these points, which confirms the belief in their former existence. The tribe is not known nor their language. They have disappeared like the trees, and few in our generation will care to inquire whence they came or whither they went. They probably belonged to the great family of Abnakis who inhabited this part of New Hampshire and northern Maine. But as our settlers had little to do with Indians, neither have we.
Wild game was in abundance, and the rivers were full of fish. Venison was plenty in the humble houses of the settlers. Bears and wolves were troublesome; besides serving to frighten crying children into silence, they often made sad havoc among the flocks. Moose, deer, rabbits, foxes, partridges, with beaver, otter, martin, mink, etc., abounded, and in their way each served to settle and open up this town to the institutions of civilization.