J. E. Calkins


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where he was always at his best, he seemed to need the feel of bread in his hand in order to be provisioned for a long discourse. Anything in the way of bread would do, if only it was friable enough to crumble easily. There was only white bread then; all the other brands of bread that we have now had not been invented; but if he had been permitted to pick and choose among all the varieties we have today I am sure he would not have been particular. One day I asked what kind of bread he preferred, cut and dried, to carry in his bread bag when he went ranging through his beloved mountains. "just bread," he said; "I don't see that one kind of bread is better than another." That indifference to small things that really did not matter was one of his great characteristics. u How he came to fall into that bread-breaking habit I often wondered but never thought to ask him, but, however it happened, it seemed to give him some sort of mental stimulus when he was in the way of talking at length after a meal was over, and the others were all set to listen, but I could never see that there was either desire or design in it. It was ? an innocent habit, wasteful perhaps, but really inexpensive, and he seemed Hk. to. altogether unaware of it. I cannot remember a moment when our common talk ever did go d9//$



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