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“ [264] story, reasons everything out; great genius suggests even more than it says.”

she was already what she used to call “Boston's old spoiled child!” all through the Birthday flowers, letters, and telegrams poured into the house. From among the tokens of love and reverence May be chosen the quatrain sent by Richard Watson Gilder:--

how few have rounded out so full a life!
Priestess of righteous war and holy peace,
poet and sage, friend, sister, mother, wife,
long be it ere that noble heart shall cease!

the “Woman's Journal” issued a special Birthday number. It was a lovely and heart-warming anniversary, the pleasure of which long remained with her.

among the guests was the beloved physician of many years, William P. Wesselhoeft. Looking round on the thronged and flower-decked rooms, he said, “this is all very fine, Mrs. Howe; but on your ninetieth Birthday I shall come, and nobody else!” Alas! before that day the lion voice was silent, the cordial presence gone.

three days later came an occasion which stirred patriotic Boston to its depths. The veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic had invited Major-General Joseph Wheeler to deliver the Memorial day oration in Boston Theatre. Our mother was the second guest of honor. She has nothing to say of this occasion beyond the fact that she “had a great time in the morning,” and that in the open carriage with her sat “General Wheeler's two daughters--very pleasing ”

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