The King of the Mountains

The King of the Mountains

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The King of the Mountains

The King of the Mountains

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At about six in the morning of July 3, 1860, while I was watering my petunias, and thinking of nothing in particular, I perceived coming towards me, a tall, beardless, fair-haired young fellow, wearing a German cap and gold-rimmed spectacles. a loose alpaca overcoat hung limply about his body like a sail round a mast after the wind has suddenly died down. He wore no gloves, and his coarse leather shoes had such wide soles that each foot seemed to rest on a little flagstone all to itself.

A large porcelain pipe peeped out of his sidepocket, its shape being clearly discernible under the light, shiny material. It did not even occur to me to ask this stranger if he ever had studied at a German university, and I set down my watering-pot and welcomed him with a solemn “Guten Morgen.”

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