far more precious, whose value and beauty are understood by few of us. I remember once meeting a philosopher in a jeweller's shop. The master of the establishment exhibited to us his choicest wares, among others a costly diamond ornament. The philosopher [we think it was Emerson] said, “A violet is more beautiful.” I cannot forget the disgust expressed in the jeweller's face at this remark.She then outlined the course laid out by the “Friends in Council,” lectures on astronomy, botany, natural history, all by eminent persons. They would not expect the Club to meet them on their own ground. They would come to that of their hearers, and would unfold to them what they were able to understand. Accordingly, Weir Mitchell discoursed to them on the Poison of Serpents, John La Farge on the South Sea Islands, Alexander Agassiz on Deep-Sea Dredging and the Panama Canal; while Mark Twain and “Hans Breitmann” made merry, each in his own inimitable fashion. The Town and Country Club had a long and happy career. No matter what heavy work she might have on hand for the summer, no sooner arrived at Newport than our mother called together her Governing Committee and planned out the season's meetings. It may have been for this Club that she wrote her “Parlor MacBETHeth,” an extravaganza in which she appeared as “the impersonation of the whole Macbeth family.” In the prologue she says:-- “As it is often said and supposed that a woman is at ”
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