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“ [122] ‘How am I to get in?’ ‘Take it slow and learn to pedal,’ said my old driver. Presently he said, ‘I guess you ain't so old as I be.’ I replied, ‘I am pretty well on toward seventy.’ ‘Well, I am five years beyond,’ said he. He drives an accommodation wagon between Perrysburg and Versailles, a small town where a man once wanted to set up a mill, and to buy land and water power, and they would n't sell either. Whereupon he went to Tonawanda and made the place. ‘Guess they'd have done better to gin him the land and water, and to set up his mill for him,’ said my man, Hinds.”

On this trip she saw the Mammoth Cave of Kentucky, taking the seven-mile walk; went as far as Kansas City; was received everywhere with delightful warmth.

To Laura

December 1, 1886.
You see, I was waiting for the winter to begin, in order to write you, and that you ought to have known. But bless you, in Gardiner, Maine, you don't know when real Winter begins, 'cause you have so much sham winter. Well, better late than never. Here's thanking you very much for the delightful [tea] cozy. Maud said, “What are you going to do with it?” sarcasticlike. I replied, “Put it on my head” ; to which she inquit, “Most natural thing for you to do.” The sight of the monogram gave me real satisfaction and a sense of inborn dignity. You boil down to your monogram, after all, and this one was beyond my highest expectations.

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