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  • jeanbduncan
    A pretty winter custom prevails among the New Sweden children, which is the burning of the Sno Lykta, the snow light. A high conical house made of loosely
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      "A pretty winter custom prevails among the New Sweden children, which
      is the burning of the Sno Lykta, the snow light. A high conical house
      made of loosely packed snowballs is built, and a lighted candle placed
      within it causes the structure to glow in the night time with a stong
      and mellow radiance. With these snow lights the children in the early
      evening exchange signals between houses from hill to hill, and the
      effect of these softly luminous beacons crowning the hilltops is
      strikingly beautiful. The youths and maidens watch and help the
      children, often bareheaded and barehanded, while their elders stand in
      the doorway to enjoy the spectacle--for the cold of an Aroostook
      winter has little dread for people who traveled southward through 14
      degrees of latitude to come from Stockholm, in Sweden, to their
      American homes. The boys welcome spring, on the eve of May 1, by
      bonfires built on the hilltops."(pages 75-76)
      [I found this excerpt in a little booklet I bought somewhere
      several years back. It has a whole chapter on the Stockholm and New
      Sweden area. It appears to have been written as a promotional piece
      to attract people to travel to Aroostook by the new train. The book
      is called:
      "In Fair Aroostook: Where Acadia and Scandinavia's Sutle Touch Turned
      A Wilderness Into A Land of Plenty" by Clarence Pullen. Published by
      the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Company, Bangor, Maine, 1902.
      Permission on copyright granted by B. & A. R. R. Company March 6,
      1973 Reprinted under the auspices of the Madawaska Historical Society,
      1973 (A. J. Michaud . . MHS archivist)
      This quote was from Chapter VII. "FROM OVER THE SEA. NEW SWEDEN--THE
      FRUITAGE OF A GREAT COLONIZATION IDEA."]
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