EXPERIMENTING in medicine as well as agriculture, Dr. Baruch, early in 1881, became very much interested in hydrotherapy--treatment by the internal and external use of water--and decided that New York would offer a better field for study. Perhaps Miss Belle had something to do with the decision to move to the big city; many young southerners of that time moved to various northern cities where financial opportunity seemed to beckon. Educational advantages for the children may also have entered into Miss Belle's calculations. The boys were growing up. Bernie was in his twelfth year. Dr. Baruch went ahead to locate a home and make plans, Miss Belle following with the four boys. It was the first long trip the boys had taken, yet what they remembered most vividly in later years was the marvelous meals they had had in Richmond.
At Camden, Bernie had listened to Civil War stories. In New York he and his brothers were thrilled by stories that stretched back not only to the Revolution, but to Colonial days. In New York they met their great-grandmother, who had danced with Lafayette in Charleston, South Carolina, when that great Frenchman was touring the United States he had helped create.
This old lady, wearing neat shawls the boys were always to remember, and "half hands," as they called fingerless gloves in those days, also had a host of stories from her mother, Bernard's great-great-grandmother, who had been a young girl in New