“A queer old bachelor on board, hearing me say that I should like to live in Washington Territory
, said he would give me a handsome house and lot if I would live in Olympia
, at which several Olympians present laughed.”
She left Olympia
by train, en route
The conductor, “Brown
by name,” saw the name on her valise, and claimed acquaintance, remembering her when she lived in Boylston Place. Soon after, passing a lovely little mill-stream, with a few houses near it, by name Tumwater
, she consulted him as to the value of land there, with the result that she bought several acres of “good bottom land.”
This was one of several small purchases of land made during her various journeyings.
She always hoped that they would bring about large results: the Tumwater property was specially valued by her, though she never set foot in the place.
The pioneer was strong in her, as it was in the Doctor
; the romance of travel never failed to thrill her. Speeding hither and thither by rail, her eye caught beauty and desirableness in a flash; the settler stirred in her blood, and she longed to possess and to develop.
Tumwater she fondly hoped was to bring wealth to the two eldest grandchildren, to whom she bequeathed it.
she spent several days, lectured three times, and was most hospitably entertained.
On her one disengaged evening she went down into the hotel parlor, played for the guests to dance, played accompaniments for them to sing.
She spoke to the school children; “she made slight acquaintance with various ”