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“ [298] to Ames yesterday, ‘I find in the Hebrew prophets all the doctrine which I find in Christ's teaching.’ He said, ‘Yes, it is there seminally.’ We agreed that it was the life which made the difference.”

February 21.... My dearest Maud left by 1 P. M. train to sail for Europe to-morrow. I could not go to the hearing. Was on hand to think of small details which might have been overlooked. Gave them my fountain pen, to Jack's great pleasure. Julia Richards came to take care of me. I suffered extreme depression in coming back to the empty house, every corner of which is so identified with Maud's sweet and powerful presence. The pain of losing her, even for a short time, seemed intolerable. I was better in the evening. Chug amused me with a game of picquet.”

Her spirits soon rallied, and the granddaughters did their best to fill the great void. She writes to Laura about this time:--

Not a sign was made, not a note was wrote,
Not a telegram was wired,
Not a rooster sent up his warning note,
When the eggs from your larder were fired.

We swallow them darkly at break of fast,
Each one to the other winking,
And “woe is me if this be the last”
Is what we are sadly thinking.

The egg on missile errand sent
Some time has been maturing,
And, with whate'er endearment blent,
Is rarely reassuring.

But yours, which in their freshness came
Just when they might be wanted,
A message brought without a name,
“Love,” we will take for granted.


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