THE FRUITLESS QUEST
WRITING of the embodied saints, Colonel Higginson had put Parker among them as an able. bodied had, and in March, 1858, Parker wrote him, accepting gratefully the praise as formerly his due, though he was
not now strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven.
Do you know I could one carry a barrel of cider in my hands? I don't mean a glass at a time, -- I could do that now, -- but a barrel at a time. I have worked (not often, though) at farming twenty hours out of the twenty-four for several days together, when I was eighteen or twenty. I have often worked from twelve to seventeen hours a day in my study for a considerable period; and could do that now.
But with his great original strength and capacity for endurance there went the ailing habit of a constitution fundamentally threatened and weakened by the pulmonary disease that was hereditary in his family. Of his ten brothers and sisters eight had died of consumption, while the oldest brother, Isaac, had gone on to sixty in good health. It was Parker's hope, if he could pass the fifty