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[309] the literary line, from a proverb to a pamphlet, to ask her for it.

It is remembered how on a certain evening, when she was resting after a weary day, a “special delivery” note was received from a person whom she scarcely knew, asking for “her thoughts on the personality of God, by return mail.” This was one of the few requests she ever denied. People asked her to give them material for their club papers (sometimes to write them!), to put them through college, to read their manuscripts, to pay the funeral expenses of their relatives. A volume of the letters conveying these requests would be curious reading.

The petition for a “little verse” was rarely refused. Her notebooks are full of occasional poems, only a small proportion of which ever appeared in print. Many of them are “autographs.” She always meant to honor every request of this kind; the country must be full of volumes inscribed by her. Here are a few of them.

For Francis C. Stokes, Westtown School, Pennsylvania

Auspicious be the rule
Of love at Westtown School,
And happy, mid his youthful folks
The daily task of Master Stokes!

[When this gentleman's note came, she was “tired to death.” The granddaughter said, “You can't do it. Let me write a friendly note, and you shall sign itl”

“You're right,” she said, “I can't: I am too tired to think!” But when she saw the note taken away, “No, nol” she cried, “I can! He is probably a most ”

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