removed to Erie county, Pennsylvania
, and bought some wild land there, from which he gradually created a farm, leaving Horace alone in Vermont
Grass now grows where the little house stood in Westhaven
, in which the family lived longest, and the barn in which they stored their hay and kept their cattle, leans forward like a kneeling elephant, and lets in the daylight through ten thousand apertures.
But the neighbors point out the tree that stood before their front door, and the tree that shaded the kitchen window, and the tree that stood behind the house, and the tree whose apples Horace liked, and the bed of mint with which he regaled his nose.
And both the people of Westhaven
and those of Amherst
assert that whenever the Editor
of the Tribune revisits the scenes of his early life, at the season when apples are ripe, one of the things that he is surest to do, is to visit the apple trees that produce the fruit which he liked best when he was a boy, and which he still prefers before all the apples of the world.
The new apprentice took his place at the font, and received from the foreman his “copy,” composing stick, and a few words of instruction, and then he addressed himself to his task.
He needed no further assistance.
The mysteries of the craft he seemed to comprehend intuitively.
He had thought of his chosen vocation for many years; he had formed a notion how the types must
be arranged in order to produce the desired impression, and, therefore, all he had to acquire was manual dexterity.
In perfect silence, without looking to the right hand or to the left, heedless of the sayings and doings of the other apprentices, though they were bent on mischief, and tried to attract and distract his attention, Horace worked on, hour after hour, all that day; and when he left the office at night could set type better and faster than many an apprentice who had had a month's practice.
The next day, he worked with the same silence and intensity.
The boys were puzzled.
They thought it absolutely incumbent on them to perform an initiating rite of some kind; but the new boy gave them no handle, no excuse, no opening.
He committed no greenness, he spoke to no one, looked at no one, seemed utterly oblivious of every thing save only his copy and his type.
They threw type at him, but he never looked around.
They talked saucily at him, but he threw back no retort.
This would never do. Towards the close of the third day,