Excerpt from Roads Going South
The same information, in its less formal phase, passed up and down Center Street in the course of the day, was discussed at the store, and was considered, of its kind, altogether the most interesting of the season. With this auspicious introduction into the world the Chapin baby howled and ate and slept its way through the first months Of its life in quite a humdrum manner, arriving gradually at a realization of its fingers, its toes, and its mother's hair and mouth, and coming to be spoken of, finally, even by the most inaccurate, as he instead of it.
But Josiah Chapin the younger, or Joe Chapin, as he was called through the greater part of his life, was not born on the day Officially recorded as the occasion of his debut in this earthly scene. He was born, as nearly as his later memories could fix it, two or three years later, when the world into which he had been projected first made a recognizable mark on his small brain. It must have been in July or August of the year 1885 or 1886. He had wandered into the spacious side-yard. The grass was quite tall, except where the path led to the pump.
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