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LORA Decorations by Edwin Earle HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY BOSTON 1946 COPYRIGHT, 1946, BY IORA WOOD HUGHES ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO REPRODUCE THIS BOOK OR PARTS THEREOF IN ANY FORM . MASSACHUSETTS PRINTED IN THE U. S. A, DEDICATION To my friend and collaborator, Nell Lewis Macgregor, I here give grate ful acknowledgment for her long toil in editing and revising the manu script for this book. She supplied the technical skill which I lacked, as well as an unswerving confidence that we could produce the book I had so long dreamed about. Without her encour agement and able help I should not have had the hardihood to make my dream a reality. CONTENTS PART I. Kansas Homestead 1 PART n. California 35 PART in. Honolulu 65 PART IV. Montana 87 PART v. Alberta 203 PART VI. Puget Sound Country 255 KANSAS HOMESTEAD KANSAS HOMESTEAD I WAS six YEARS OLD when I made a discovery one day. It was a matter of tremendous importance to me. I twisted my head around to look up at Mama, who at the moment was soothingly attending a carbuncle on my back. Papa had just lanced it with his jackknife. There wasnt a doctor within fifty miles of our Kansas homestead that winter of 1879. 4 Mama I announced proudly, Tve learned to think Thats nice, Lora, Mama didnt sound a bit excited. She kept on dressing my carbuncle. I must make her. understand. I was certain Fd 1 figured out why I had carbuncles every fall and late on into the winter. They were awful torture, and the thought of Papas lancing each one as it came to a head made me writhe, 4 And so you can think Mama patted me comfortingly. You know, I wouldnt be surprised if thats what caused yotir carbuncles 4 NO TIME FOR TEARS She was trying to make me laugh, but I was only hurt and embarrassed. I couldnt tell her now about my Great Dis covery, though I wanted desperately to know if I were right. When my condition became so much worse that it was neces sary to get a doctor to come the long distance to see me, I determined to find out. The big, bearded doctor with his saddle-bags full of boxes and bottles of medicine fascinated me. When the chance came, I opened the subject. Doctor Stone, I wondered Every summer I get poison ivy a d things. And then I get sugar of lead put on me. Rex he was our dog he ate up a dish of it one day and it made him sick. And then he got a lot of boils on him, And pretty soon he died. I wondered could that sugar of lead I get rubbed on me make these carbuncles come I can still remember Mamas mildly disapproving Oh, Lora and the quizzical look in the doctors eyes as he smiled at me. Sugar of lead all summer, eh Hm-m-m-ni, Of course it could be My little ego fairly swelled with pride. Id thought that all out by myself. The aching sorrow when I hadnt known how to help poor old Rex, the memory of hellish moments when Papa plunged his jackknife into my tortured flesh, that wonderful loss of pain which came after Mama gave me some of the little pills the doctor left in case I hurt too much - all these stirred in my childish mind a steadily increasing mania to relieve suffering. I would be like Mama. No distance was ever too great over those prairies and no night too dark when neighboring homesteaders came for her. And she nearly always made sick people well. Once I went with her to the Gavins, a hill-billy family down the creek from us, Their littlest baby was in convulsions, all black in the face and frightening to sec. Mama put it in a warm bath and in a short time it was all right. When I grow up I said to my brother Ted, telling him about it later, Tm going to tic salve on people too and make them well



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