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Footprints from the Mountains of Western Maryland, page 4

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behind the gigantic mountains and the evening shadows stretched far and wide along the beautiful little valley. The rippling waters of the old river seemed to babble a welcome that was caught by all.

For a whole week the camp fires burned and every evening around the blazing torches the six brothers with their violins, from which came the sweet music that swelled the breezes of the mountain crags and delighted the crowds of people that gathered in from Rowlesburg, Aurora and the surrounding country. On Thursday evening the crowd was unusually large, when it was proposed that a concert be given on the water. Accordingly the boats were all filled and rowed to the middle of the river and anchored and the concert there lasted for an hour or more. On Friday evening Stephen, John F. and Abel Browning were rowed out to the middle of the river, where they played "Kelly on the Lake," the pathetic story of the history of the piece having been told, prepared those seated on the shore for its best appreciation and made it hard for them to restrain the tears that were wont to flow.

On Saturday morning the tents were folded and the party, like the Arabs, "stole silently away." Resting at Arnmore, the beautiful country home of William Browning, the memories which cluster round the dead embers of the camp fires fall over me as softly and sweetly as a young girl's first dream of love; with the unceasing music of the waters of the Cheat; with the mesmeric grandeur and mellow splendors enveloping everything near and far, recall the lines of the poet:

"There's a dance of leaves in the aspen bower,
There's a titter of winds in the beechen tree,
There's a smile on the fruit and a smile of the flower.
And a laugh from the brook that runs to the sea."


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Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Editor: Felix G. Robinson

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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