[Elizabeth N. Moores]
of ditches and slush-pools exceeds all I have ever seen - he disclaims however the remotest affinity for mud I hate mud says he but somehow I get into it Charles likes mud but manages to keep out of it - when speaking of his favorite cascade with its basin of crystal rock & moonlight in the spray I ventured to ask him how he would like to exchange the clear water of his cascade for an equal pouring volume of lobbering slobbering mud - he was quite indignant - "did not like mud- couldn't see why people thought so or teased him so" etc Since his visits to the Danville coal mines he is much interest -ed in the geology of coal fields and asks many questions con- cerning their age, composition, and history of formation. I am sorry to say that I cannot always furnish him with satisfactory answers For botany to be manifest as great or greater interest as could be looked for he analyzes several plants everyday with me - remembers their names and learns the use of as many descrip- tive words as can be expected among so many exciting sights & sounds
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