Very interesting descriptions of the great battles of the late war, written by prominent generals, have been
lately published and widely read. It seems to me, however, that it is time for the private soldier to be heard
Of course, his field of vision is much more limited than that of his general. On the other hand, it is of vital
importance to the latter to gloss over his mistakes, and draw attention only to those things which will add to
his reputation. The private soldier has no such feeling. It is only to the officers of high rank engaged that a
battle can bring...
Adams county is named for the first time, in an act of the territorial legislature approved February 16, 1867,
when the south bank of the Platte river was made its northern boundary. There were no settlers here at that
time although several persons who are mentioned later herein had established trapping camps within what are
now its boundaries.
This sketch was prepared by request to be read before the Jamaica Plain Ladies' Tuesday Club. Subsequently
a desire was expressed to have it put in a more permanent form and offered for sale at a Fair for the Jamaica
Plain Indian Association. Although personally reluctant to appear before the public in this way, I have allowed
my desire to aid a good cause and give pleasure to my friends who have kindly received my paper to influence
me in its publication.
The following pages contain the story of the most important events of my artistic life, of the mark left by them
on my personal existence, of their influence on my career, and of the thoughts they have suggested to my
I do not desire to make any capital out of whatever public interest may attach to my own person. But I believe
the clear and simple narrative of an artist's life may often convey useful information, hidden under a word or
fact of no apparent importance, but which tallies exactly with the humour or the need of some particular
I would never have ventured to intrude upon the public with my personal reminiscences had I not been urged
to do so by friends who, being interested themselves in what I was able to tell them of India as my father
knew it, and as I found it and left it, persuaded me that my experiences of the many and various aspects under
which I have known the wonderful land of my adoption and its interesting peoples would be useful to my
countrymen. It was thought that I might thus contribute towards a more intimate knowledge of the glorious
heritage our forefathers have bequeathed to...