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EARLY RECOLLECTIONS

BY WM. C. HOYT
June 7th, 1873

At one time he ordered a certain number of small young quince trees from France, and; by some misunderstanding, they sent him fifteen hundred, which were many more than he desired.
He had a valuable kind of sweet, or evergreen corn, which was unlike any I had ever before seen; the ears were at least one foot in length, and very straight and beautiful. He had great quantities of large, cultivated strawberries, and one year, having more than were needed in his family, he told Mrs. Fox that if she would pick and sell them she might have the avails of them for her pin money. When Mr. Throop learned that she received but seven cents per quart, he shook his head and said "they did not understand the difference between his nice cultivated berries and the wild ones. "
Among all the numerous systematic operations, and rules and observances, there were none that Mr. Throop adhered to with greater tenacity than to his hygienic system, which he had reduced to a mathematical certainty. The application of his prescribed treatment, to his own maladies, were as amusing to others as beneficial to himself. He always kept one ax exclusively for his own individual use. When he felt any premonitions of approaching melancholia, or found his physical energies began to droop and lose their vivacity, he would seize his ax and go for a log, or the wood pile, and ply the ax with great vigor, every stroke telling with ringing emphasis. That he called "violent exercise, vial exercise, and vial of exercise.

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