BIRTHPLACE AND PARENTAGE.
A STRANGER, visiting the place where Theodore Parker passed his early years, did not find it attractive. Exploring the neighborhood on a fair spring-day, he asked a man who was mending the road where Theodore Parker was born. The man leaned on his spade, stared at the traveller, looked puzzled, and replied, "Dunno." -- "Are you a new-comer here?" -- "No, sir: lived here, man and boy, nigh on to forty year." -- " Are there no Parkers about here?" -- "Yes: there's tew lots on 'em." -- "I wish to find the old Parker place," said the stranger. "Older'n creation, both on 'em," was the reply. "The Captain Parker place is the one I want." -- "They run to cappens," was the exasperating rejoinder: "but I guess you had better take that 'ar road to the left, and go about a mile; then turn down a lane, and at the end there's a monnerment that must be set up for Cappen Parker." The traveller, obeying the direction, found the monument that preserves the great preacher's memory.
This incident tells many things: the limited influence of a great man's name; the power of association to glorify