Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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iio a series of letters on his last trip. Mo friend ever sat in that large study of his without fear lest the dado of unused notebooks, - the accumulated record of years of wandering and seeing ami loving, - never be converted into a form and read and known of ;aen. it did seem as if, with all that large Homeric leisure, store wight have been'written. But he stoutly Maintained that people did not keenly care for the tales he had to tell, that he had no particular mission, and that it did not matter whether he wrote or not. "Books and talks,*4 he used to say, "and articles about Kature are at least little more than advertisements, hurrah invitations, dinner balls. lothing. can take the place of absolute mM. contact, of seeing and feeding at 964*9 table for oneself, the cold mnd perishing cannot be wansed by descriptions of fire and sunshine, no't^ the hungry fed with books about bread. tfhe Lord Himself rsust anoint eyes to see, ray pen can not. One can only see b loving; love makes things visible sad all labor light* \ \ Kobody can be ambitious to do anything wonderful, when Sod's wonders are in sight. hvQty il&y we should all pray, *0 Lord, open Thou saine yms,,a Mr. «Iuir*s personal appearance was attractive; the slender, slightly stooped figure, the shapely head covered with curls, the face on which was written the result of solitary and scant living, the beard streaked with gray, the clear blue eyes and refined brew, Many 1 traveler in the Golden State found himself attracted to this inimitable isan. It was a conquest to entice hin into your hone, sad no guest was held in higher esteera by those who knew the privilege of entertaining him. Listeners were held Bor hours by his rare conversation, — there was never anything like it, - made up of spirited narrative fmti descriptions no vivid that "Our foreheads felt the wind and rain," spiced with irresistible humor and gantle irony. But tho\igh enjoying men and enjoyed by men, he cared not to spend tine in a city while he "might see Sod asking a world." "And then there 09C&3



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