Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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-6- There were all sorts of curious aad interesting things to be found on that hillside, fey uncle tried to explain them to me, aad what the glaciers had done there, but I was too little to comprehend. It was only after I grew older that I began to understand. % mother had always loved curious stones, and beside the front steps she had a collection of them around a raised bed in which grew a tall white lily, and which had beea found In various places on the farm. My uncle was looking at them one day, and his attention was attracted to a large round stone which looked as if it had been worn smooth by the action of water, when he took it in his hand it seemed very light for its size, aad he said it must be hollow. He broke it open, and It was filled with golden-yellow crystals in hexagonal form. He said It was a geode. It must have been then that I began to realise tho beauty and wonder of stones, a love that has never left me. But bye-aad-bye my uncle went away on one of his long botanizing tours, and 1 grew up as little girls do. I didn't see him again for a long time. John Muir was my mother's brother. Her name was Sarah Muir. They were born ia Dunbar, Scotland, a windy little city on tho eraggy coast of the North Sea, Dunbar has had its share of history and romance. It is only a few miles from Edinburgh, which Is surely the most romantic city in the world. Utay of the H-rand and glorious and terribla and bloody deeds en the OfJdf


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