The following story is based on a popular belief that dates back to the fur
traders and travelers Northwest."People yards" have continued the tradition. I
met many a traveler who claimed to have seen sailing in the air-filled canoes
"possessed" by going to see their "blondes", under the auspices of Beelzebub.
The shantymen of a later date have taken up the tradition, and it is in the
French settlements, bordering the St. Lawrence River, that the legends of la
chasse-galerie are specially well known at the present time. The writer has met
many an old voyageur who affirmed most positively that he had seen bark canoes