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3. and take me in as a matter of course because they smell the true Yankee in me. I feel as if it would be my center for the rest of my life - as from here we go up the coast or into the deep north where bears and more sniff at each other. A friend of mine is up there painting and while he was working on a ledge - out comes a huge bruin and gives him a jolt but he let out a whoop & bruin skiddled away in a hurry. He also writes of beaver - and of course, deer - foxes raccoons and hedgehogs. I feel as if I shall be living up there myself now. going down for two months to N. Y. so that I can really enjoy it and not be bored to death. I live here in a magnificent chocolate coloured mansion - at one corner of this city Grand Broadway - I have a hall room. must have been the billiard room formerly - but it fair and grand spaces to wander in & I have a brief view down on the town - a 6 ft long steam pipe so I shall always be warm. Next month I go up to Mt. Katahdin to paint the "sacred" mountain as I have wanted to for years - and I must put myself on record as having done it. and as far as I know it has never appeared in art - I have elected myself official portrait painter. I am now the proud possesser of the local legion d'honneur - the State having written to me for an autograph copy of a house for the State's private collection of it aine within they having 1000 bosses now within & severed by
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