Thanks anyway. I've been looking for years without
finding the answer. I thought, though, that if Lemuel
McGowan Jr. really did die of Yellow Fever, he must
have been somewhere in the islands where Yellow Fever
is common. I think of Stephen Crane who was a
journalist before he turned to fiction. He travelled
extensively reporting on civil conflicts abroad.
So often, I think, our ancestors lives are mirrors
of their times, the nation's history being integrated
into their own narratives and determining for better
or worse the course of their lives.
I do miss Chicago, especially at this time of year
with the hint of spring in the air and the breezes not
quite so cold. I really loved walking along Lake Shore
Drive, taking the El, and walking to the Field Museum.
At Christmas, I was fascinated by all the yellow
lights in the branches of trees along the downtown
streets. Secretly, I've always called Chicago the
Diamond City because of these lights. I simply could
not believe there was anything outside fairy tales so
beautiful as Chicago at night under these lights. Even
the wind to me was exciting--as in North Carolina, it
whistled and whispered and danced as if alive. What an
incredibly magical place! I loved every minute I spent
there. I've never seen any place so beautiful.
I do appreciate spring here in Virginia when I
look back on stretches of subzero days in Chicago,
though nobody really seemed to mind the cold. They
simply got used to it.
Still, the first peeking of the buds from beneath
the grass is always a welcome sight, not to mention
the arrival of birds with their singing that after the
months of silence seems to fill the air. These
foretell the many warm days ahead.
I hope that this spring will be especially
pleasant after winter's cold.
--- Marcia McLawhorn <marcia_mclawhorn@...
> Dear Carol,
> I don't know. Nor, do I know how I could find out
> for you here in Chicago. It looks like you did a
> through job at ground zero.
> However, if I find something I will post it. OK?
> We are having two more nights of below freezing
> temperatures and then a week of above freezing
> temps. I am so looking forward to that ....
> Sincerely, Marcia
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