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The Works of Donald G. Mitchell

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Pages: 140

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Donald Grant Mitchell

Excerpt from book: even though you allow it to tangle: the Po- mologists will laugh at you: but let them: you will have your shade and the wilderness of frolicsome tendrils, and at least a fair show of purple bunches. Scatter here and there hardy herbaceous flowers that shall care for themselves, and which the children may pluck with a will. Don't distress yourself if your half acre of lawn shows some hummocks, or dandelions, or butter-cups. And if a wild clump of bushes intrude in a corner, don't condemn it too hastily: it may be well to enliven it with an evergreen or two—to dig about it, and paint its edges with a few summer phloxes or roses. You will want neither Scotchman nor forcing houses for this." This is the way in which I should have talked to my friend Lackland, who would want to take things easy. I should not wonder if he were to buy his place of two acres, and make trial. God bless him if he does. LACKLAND MAKES A BEGINNING My friend Lackland—as I suspected he would —has purchased a little place of two and ahalf acres, some thirty or forty miles from the city by the New X railway. He makes his trips to and fro with a little badly-disguised fear of decayed "sleepers," it is true: and suffers from the still more frequent embarrassment of riding upon his feet—all the seats being occupied, and the company being unfortunately too much straitened in their circumstances to add to the number of their carriages. He was disposed to resent such things at the start, and was even stirred into writing a brief and indignant appeal to an independent morning journal: but upon being answered by an attorney for the company or a road commissioner, who called him names and abused him, as if he had been a witness before a court of justice, he subsided into that meek respect for corporation...  

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