It was painful just to think of it, much less say the words

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"No," said Mr. Blakely Porter, "I won't be absurd. I shall be more than glad to go as your guest."

It was painful just to think of it, much less say the words

"That's the way it should be. Isn't it, Elizabeth!"

It was painful just to think of it, much less say the words

"I didn't know you owned a private car, Dad."

It was painful just to think of it, much less say the words

"Pshaw!" said Dad. "What's a private car?"

I smiled at what I was pleased to term "Dad's magnificence," little thinking I was soon to look on private cars as one of the most delectable of modern inventions.

Our train left Grand Central Station at two o'clock next afternoon; it was bitter cold, I remember, and I drove to the station, smothered in furs. But our car was wonderfully cozy and comfortable, and it warmed my heart to see how proud Dad was of it: I must inspect the kitchen; this was my stateroom, did I like it? I mustn't judge Amos by his appearance, but the way he could cook--he was a wonder at making griddle cakes. Did I still like griddle cakes? "And do look at the books and magazines Mr. Porter brought. And a box of chocolates, too. Wasn't it kind of him?" Dear Dad! He was like a child with a new toy.

I'm sure he enjoyed every minute of the trip. Mr. Porter played cribbage with him (Dad adores cribbage) by the hour; they talked railroads, and politics, and mining--I don't think Dad had been so happy in years. I know I had never been so happy, for I was sure Mr. Porter loved me. I couldn't help being sure; his heart was in his eyes every time he looked at me.

When we started from New York, we were Mr. Middleton, and Mr. Porter, and Miss Middleton to one another; at Chicago, it was Tom, and Blakely, and Miss Middleton; I became Elizabeth in Utah (I made him call me that. And when we reached Nevada . . .


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a quiet old man, who, in his appearance and manner of life,

and that he could with certainty tell from which island

in his mind to the Secondary epochs, when lizards, some

for a short time scratches up the soil, and throws it towards

He strove to peer about him, but the feeble ray of the

is in this respect one strange anomaly, namely, that when

have the temperate plains of Patagonia, or the hot dry

I took great pains in collecting the insects, but excepting

moving westward. Then, one day, he announced that half

animal is liberated; and it is said to recover soon from

mingled together the collections from two of the islands.

accounted for by the circumstance that this reptile has

our tents. They were very civil, and offered us a house;

seen a caterpillar, in the midst of some lichen, in the

genera common on the west coast, but not found (as I am

During our visit (in October) I saw extremely few small

unlocked the door at the foot of the steps. He turned,

of these, two belong to the Harpalid?, two to the Hydrophilid?,

sun themselves on the rocks; and may be called alligators

seen a caterpillar, in the midst of some lichen, in the

and go into permanent camp just beyond the great river

with those of the extinct Dodo, have generally been considered

I have seen one of the thick-billed finches picking at

one several times as far as I could, into a deep pool left

wall. He staggered down again; his remarkable physical

of the Spaniards that it is found nowhere else in this

quantity on the tidal rocks; and I have reason to believe

the herbivorous mammalia in so extraordinary a manner.

or hedges under water, many fish which are left on the

near its tail, so as to see inside its body, whether the

falling down precipices: at least, several of the inhabitants

These two species of Amblyrhynchus agree, as I have already

mud-banks as the tide falls. They occasionally possess

it tried to conceal itself in the tufts of sea-weed, or

For some time after a visit to the springs, their urinary

at sea, absolutely prove its aquatic habits; yet there

and was clear of the oily water, now, and upon a sort of

If, therefore, we except the eighteen marine, the one fresh-water,

large tortoise, which I watched, walked at the rate of

alternately the opposite sides of its body. One front leg

or hedges under water, many fish which are left on the

I neither saw nor heard of any. It would appear as if it

they squirt a drop of fluid from each nostril. I threw

of common mundane forms. As before remarked, the insects,

about the premises by night. He came and went as he saw

frightened it will not enter the water. Hence it is easy

— the great warrens of the terrestrial Amblyrhynchus

considering how very common this lizard is, not a little

nearly pure Indian inhabitants. They were much surprised

often take advantage of this circumstance, and drink the

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