Release Date: 14 August 2009
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. Childhood Days?We Remove To Leesburg, Va. Easter And Christmas In The Sunny South. HAVING partaken of a sumptuous birthday anniversary dinner, prepared by one who, for more than a third of a century, has proved herself the young- old man's most devoted friend and help-mate, I light a fragrant Havana, manufactured from the Lancaster county home-crop. Happy Words fail to express my pent-up emotions as the family group of three sons and two daughters, the younger a girl of fifteen, with arms around her father's neck, and a loving kiss upon his forehead, as in the innocence of her girlhood, she plays with a few strands of gray "Old Father Time" has permitted to remain. An old man at seventy-three What a libel on that most delightful of all the seasons, the autumn of life, for one, with few regrets for the years that have gone nor anxious longings for their return "Of course, of course," I keep thinking, "this bright-eyed homebody is too young to remember her papa's first daguerreotype taken at the age of seventeen, away back in '54, on the third floor of the Kramph building." It was then I was prone to consider this memento in its little black case as fair for any young miss of sixteen to look upon as were the many others which embellished the walls of the late Jack Johnston's WILLIAM RIDDLE, AT AGE 73 My First Smoke. 15 studio. And even at this household reunion, it carries with it a charm with which none of my later photographs can compare. Reproduced as a frontispiece, who would ever dare appropriate it except to pass it off as his own? And now, with a "red rose," the emblem of city and county, pinned upon the lapel of my coat, I am permitted, by common consent, to give myself up to an examination of birthday-anniversary presents. "Oh, glory ..".
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