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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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America of the Fifties

only one scene, yet this scene was primeval
forest. Masses of foliage from innumerable trees and
shrubs and beautiful climbing plants seemed resting
upon the water on each side of the river, the shores
of Georgia and Carolina. Lofty, deep and impenetrable
extended the primeval forest-as I was told, for many
miles inland.

But here it existed in its original luxuriance and
splendor. I seemed to myself to be present on the
third day of creation, when God called forth the
vegetable world, "every tree whose seed was in itself
after his kind." On the day when the earth opened its
maternal breast and produced all the various trees and
flowers of the earth, Savannah, with its red-brown
water, was a river newly sprung from chaos and rich
with its essence, nor yet had had time to settle
itself and clear its water when the grgen plants of
earth sprang forth in wild luxuriance; it seemed
to play with them, and they, newly upsprung from
the water, seemed to have no wish to part from it,
but half longed to fall back into it. Flower-laden
climbing plants flung themselves to the very tops
of the trees, and then fell down to dip again in the
waves of the river. From amid these masses of verdure,
forming porticoes, pyramids, and the most fantastic
and massive creations, glanced forth, now and then,
a catalpa, all flaming with its yellowish-white


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