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At 9:15, Geography 1 stared at its neatly printed midyear questions. Out of a jumbled mass of letters, that revolved about like the spokes of a wheel in an antique movie, the two words flew at its eyes, Old Howard.

What was this doing on an examination paper? Geography was about deserts like the Sahara; the blue Mediterranean; deep Norway fjords running into the bald rock; goats grazing in the hills; Chinamen binding sheaves of rice.

Rice and Chinamen, mused Geography 1. They go together. No rice, no Chinamen. No Chinamen, no rice. Its head cleared now and focused on the question. "Why is the Old Howard where it is?

Rice and Chinamen. It was environment that settled the Chinamen on rice instead of something else. Environment. And from the wisdom gained by a half year's application, Geography I could scribble, "Because it is half way between the Navy Yard and the Boston Common."

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