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-13- botfcnizlng all the way to Florida Keys on tho Gulf of Mexico, sauntering leisurely along, and sleeping whorever night overtook him. From there he went over to Cuba, which was not hf any means the Gomroon little trip-It is nowadays. I remember what & deli.ghtod little girl I was when my uncle sent home a box of shells, and corals, and seamoss, and starfish, and all sorts of wonderful things from those strange faraway tropical shores. To me, a.little girl who knew the sea only as a big blue place on the map of ay little school geography^ these things were nothing short of entrancing. One of asy greatest childish treats on stormy, days for long afterward, when 1 couldn't play outdoors, was to be allowed to get the box of treasures, and handle the beautiful shells of many shapes and colors, and the pink and white coral, and dream over them and try to imagine the enchanted shores from which they came. From Cuba my uncle had intended going to South America to explore the Amazon River to Its headwaters,-«*an amazing journey to contemplate in those long-ago daysI' But he fell sick with malaria and fever, and was very ill for several weeks; and when he recovered it was only a matter of not being sole to get a sh ip sailing when he wanted it that changed the whole trend of his life. For he went to the mountains of California instead, and after that he could never tesr himself away from them. Wander the «hole world over, as he did in later years, he always came back to his beloved Sierras. Then he stayed two years or more in the Yosemito Valley, which at that time had never been explored, and was very little Q93XI


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