J. E. Calkins


Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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19 i /V_ sa,i^4^-'"I K»' to prefer -one kind' of bread over*"any«©th#r**«.. ■«JJt did not occur to,,/me to ask himv how ^e-came"--to ' fall into habit; but it is quite likely he could not have iroldmei^^f I-•^BaSP MMMMMHP The corroding years have eaten away most of my recollections of those unstintedly jeweled phrases with which he nmartiriiafaaa sprayed us, but it is not possible to forget the delight we had in letting him run on at random and at will. His i good friend Harriman was not so far wrong when he deemed every casual word a literary gem that should be preserved, and not allowed to perish in dumb forgetfulness, But while precise recollection of his prodigal outpourings have been forgotten time has not dulled the thrill and charm of one aureate evening when we sat by, mute listeners, while John Muir talked at his best. 1 think I am right in remembering that there was a little den of a room in the northeast corner downstairs, with a few easy chairs and a roomy fireplace v/ith a good draught. The Chinese boy had laid a fire of thick eucalyptus logs, and in the dusk we three drifted to this pleasant nook and settled down in restful content, talking of this and that, none of it of great importance, with only the light from the fire to brighten this, our last evening in this House of Happy Memories. All our conferences on the making of books and a home lay behind us. In those swift-winged days we had all grown to be old acquaintances, r)f) //z>



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