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out him in the future. He did not trouble himself much in regard to Lincoln's second election, for he saw that it was a foregone conclusion; but after Andrew Johnson's treachery in 1866, he felt there was a need of unusual exertion. When the November elections arrived, he told his classes: Next Tuesday I shall have to serve my country and there will be no recitations. When Tuesday came we found him on the sidewalk distributing Republican ballots and soliciting votes; and there he remained urecreation was his rose-garden. The whole space between his front piazza and Kirkland Street was filled with rose-bushes which he tended himself, from the first loosening of the earth in spring until the straw sheaf-caps were tied about them in November. What more delightful occupation for a scholar than working in a rose-garden! There his friends were most likely to find him in suitable weather, and when June came they were sure to receive a share of the bountiful blossoms; nor did he ever f
September, 1896 AD (search for this): chapter 4
e different kinds. Naturally rosebugs were his special detestation. Saving your presence, he said to President Felton's daughter, I will crush this insect; to which she aptly replied, I certainly would not have my presence save him. When he heard of the Buffalo-bug he exclaimed: Are we going to have another pest to contend with? I think it is a serious question whether the insect world is not going to get the better of us. After his painful death at the Massachusetts Hospital in September, 1896, the president and fellows of the university voted to set apart little Holden Chapel, the oldest building on the college grounds, and yet one of the most dignified, for an English library dedicated to the memory of Francis J. Child. Such an honor had never been decreed for president or professor before; and it gives him the distinction that we all feel he deserved. It is much more appropriate to him, and satisfactory than a marble statue in Saunders Theatre would have been, or a stain
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