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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 88 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 88
On several occasions, our cross-country trips took us through Napa Valley. It was the choicest of all drives for us. We never wearied of it. For many years too I botanized in the valley and had many friends there. But now I no longer have much touch with what happens that to me loveliest of surroundings _ the valley floor about St. Helena. See an allusion to this valley in my letter to Adeline Frederick re. the Montesol Ranch celebration.  -Driving horses. The driver sat on the right-hand side of the wagon; the brake was on that side and the right leg is the most useful for controlling the brake. My father always spoke of the _near_ horse; put [?_cuba?], he would say, on the near side; just as in Missouri he had said, _the near ox._ All this is opposed to _off,_ the animal on the right side.      ::::::::: Books Books were scarce and one read everything. There were certain boy_s story books which I read in which virtue was always rewarded, the boy never failed to come to great things and always because he never lied, cheated or stole and so on. Such books, the goody goody kind, did not appeal to me much, there was about them too much of self-righteousness or priggishness. I believed in a straight life but not in talking about it. It is significant that I did not remember the name of the author of these books but came to a knowledge of him only in recent years, the famous Horatio Alger! Speaking generally too: As a boy I did not remember the names of authors whose books were no good, even if I remembered the book itself.
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