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-2- paper. He said he hoped they would not c^ll me Patrickina, and fortunately they did not. He gave ae the first book I ever had, a wonderful book about birds. I remember It had colored pictures, aad I thought it the most beautiful book ia the world. I read it over aad over till I almost knew it by heart. Ie did not have many books in those days. John Muir loved the birds, as everyone knows who has read his story of the water ouzel. 1 remember him sitting on the side ver&nda of our house ia Portage, Wisconsin, watching the birds coming to eat the berries on the big mulberry tree, some of them must have come a long distance,- orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and once we were delighted to see a scarlet tanager, a shy strange bird to make Its appearance in the city. They came every year when the berries were ripe. It was my uncle who first t&ught me to love the trees. I was a small girl when he told me the names of the trees that grew oa my father's Wisconsin farm, the oaks, elms, maples, hickories, aad the butternuts. He explained that each tree was different from its neighbors, Just as people are different from one another, aad that like people they each have their own traiJss aad whims aad peculiarities. He told me about the differeat kinds of oaks,- the white oaks, the red oaks, the black oaks, the burr oaks, and the live oaks. He explained la language a little girl could understand that they were cousins to one another, aad he said that of all the leaves on all the 093W


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