Excerpt from Drawn From Memory: Containing Many of the Author's Famous Cartoons and Sketches
John mccutcheon could remember me when I wasn't much more than a wide grin. He had, therefore, the advantage of me, because my first clear memory of him is on a June week end in 1902 when I hung over his shoulder while he drew pictures of me in assorted attitudes and riding on various animals. I was growing rather lanky by that time and he did not fail to record the fact.
Whenever he was a guest at my parents' table, at Ragdale, I crept part-way down the stairs in my nightgown to peek into the dining room where I could watch him happily.
Sometimes the whole family sat by the fire while he told tale after tale of his adventures. Especially I liked the one about the Sultan of Sulu.
Later, at my urgent insistence after we were married, he began dico tating these adventures to me. Gradually, over the years, the Opus, as he called it, developed and expanded.
But always there was something to hinder progress - some other deadline to meet, some other dream to be fulfilled. So it came about that the completion of the Opus was deferred too long.
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