Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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-11- all around its edge were white waterlllies. in the meadow were many beautiful wild flosers, among them such dainty orchids as the rose pogoaia and the pink and yellow eypripedlums. But my unele*s favorlts flower of them all was the,white waterlily. Sext to the waterlllies he loved the windflower, that lovely pasque flower which Is the first to appear in the spring in Wisconsin, often blooming before the snow Is all gone. The blossoms come before the leaves, poking their gray woolly heads up through the dead grass, aud then they open their Ride blue- lavendar petals and show their hearts of gold. Their heavenly color, and the sweet wild woodsy tang of their perfurns, is the v@ry essence of spring. There were many varieties of violets, white, yellow, and purple, but the loveliest and best-known of all the wisconat n violets were the birds-foot violets (Viola Teduta,) tfaiat grew la great patches-on the hillsides and the banks along the country roads. Had John Kttlr not.been a great naturalist «nd geologist he would certainly have been an Inventor, for during his boyhood and youth he made mi.n.y curious machines, clocks,and other things. *My notorious bedstead has just returned me to this busy wakeful world," he-wrote in that first letter of mine, referring to one of his many inventions,a bed which tipped up and set him on his feet at a driven hour in the morning, at the same time lighting a lamp for him to dress by. ■•'..- t


Portland, Oregon

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