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              newspaper on the Editorial Sanctum;) then to Weed�s, and to Wells
and Webbs.   Then to room, dinner at 1, and drawing all
the afternoon.   Waud came up, and in the early part of the day Wel-
den.   Evening called for Damoreau and he came up into my room
for short space. /        Ran all through N P Willis �Health
Trip to the Tropics,� which had been left for me by Welden yester-
day.    Brilliant, readable, sensuous books, like all of Willis�s.
But he�s blundered about the Mammoth cave here and there, and
awfully perverted truth about the guide Stephen.    I can very well un-
derstand how a pretty sharp, intelligent nigger has been flattered into
a most overweening estimation of himself, when such romancing has ap-
peared in print about him.    It�s all bosh about his being part In-
dian, he don�t look �Castilian;� and with his �knowledge of geology�
�you might choke a dow withal,� or astonish a gaping nobody, but
that�s the amount of it.   /        One thing Willis has noted right well,
the utter absence of all scent of vegetation in the Cave, �the skeleton
Air,� as it were.   And again, the multitudinous variety of objects,
overcrowding you with sensation.     Thinking over them in detail, I
now wonder I marvelled not more, then.      So is it also, with respect
to Lake Superior, which is rapidly becoming Fairy Land to me, 
for Evermore.       Does it still exist there, under the icy sway of 
savage Winter?  Thunder mountain rearing its giant head against the
raging waves at its base, the lovely shores of the far away Saint Louis
River, now bleak and savage desolation, � the little Ojibwas village?
Strangely distant to think of, now.               And Louisiana, and the
frank, kind folks there �
  6.  Tuesday.  Drew the subjects on wood.  Dined, then walked
up Broadway to Prince�s Street.    It was a bright pleasant afternoon               
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