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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... chapter xiii. the
christening. I have had a moderately well rounded out experience
among what constitutes the rest of humanity; I ought to possess
some degree of judgment regarding the comparative good or bad
fortune of a human being at any particular time, and my estimate I
hold correct when I say that I never passed a happier late spring
and early summer than I did with Appleton in that crazy old
building a few miles from the suburbs of Chicago, even at this time
when we were working so feverishly to an end. We didn't sleep very
well; there wasn't any bath and I was uncomfortable and expressed
my opinions volubly in the morning. We had water enough, though,
and towels enough and so I could slap and scrub myself at sunrise
and feel as if I were something like a remote acquaintance of a
gentleman for the rest of the day. After our early breakfast we
would sit together and scheme, and in our scheming developed the
venture of which I am telling, but the hard planning and work
exhausted us, exhausted even Appleton. We worked each day until the
cheap clock beside us said that it was after ten o'clock in the
morning--I believe that we did most of our real thinking work
before ten o'clock for we were both convinced that men think most
cleanly and clearly in the morning--but at night we were
experimenting in our air-machine until late, and that was good work
too. It's odd how little things blend with big things. A bluebird
had a nest in an old oak stump, possibly twenty rods from the
building in which we were working. There's hardly any bird that I
love more than the bluebird. There is such a joyousness about the
little fellow, and he comes here so early in the spring when there
is sometimes ice on the very grass spear he carries in the
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