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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 8 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 8
Passages as those written by the real artist in dime-novel production. Then the school library purchased the full set of Rollo books and I read them all, but tho_ meat for my omnivorous appetite they did not impress me deeply. One day during school at the Vacaville Grammar School it was plain that something mysterious was going amongst the boys of my age _ especially the town boys. An air of mystery, of secrecy, of dark enterprise or foiled effort, of fearful strain or urgency beset the group and had no relation to their studies or to the games on the playground. Soon I learned the cause of all this. A most wonderful book on bears, grizzly bears at ::::::::: that, _cf. p. 140. and bear hunting, was being passed around from boy to boy. It was a book of several hundred pages but no boy having tasted once of its pages could let it go. The excitement centered around this. The book, The Adventures of James Capen Adams, Mountaineer and Grizzly Bear Hunter of California, by Theodore H. Hittell, belonged to Matt Barnes, one of our school mates. Matt in pride of possession loaned the book for a few minutes to a chum. While the chum was reading it, another boy became infected by reading a little over his shoulder. The infection was too much. The third boy took the book, secreted it, to read and the war was on. The book was successfully hidden and passed from boy to boy in the school with Matt all the while
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