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New Year's Day
Selected excerpts from 'Days'
Selected excerpts from 'Days'

  From H. L. Mencken, The Days Trilogy, Expanded Edition, edited by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers. Copyright 2014 by The Library of America, New York, N.Y. With the permission of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. All rights reserved.     Early days spent in Mount Washington The woods just behind our [summer] house [in Mount Washington] were largely primeval forest, and in them were all sorts of wonders —for example, a sassafras tree and several wild-grapevine swings. Down along the falls was an even wilder region, and we roved it almost every day. I was too impatient for fishing, but sometimes I set out lines at night, and now and then I found a few small fish...