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from its natural characteristics, there is an
atmosphere about a college town, especially a
New England college town, that is unmistakable.
It is not so much actively intellectual as
passively aware of and satisfied with its own
The beautiful little town of Corinth was no
exception; from its tree-shaded village green to
the white-columned homes on its outskirts it
fairly radiated a satisfied sense of its own
Not that the people were smug or self-conceited.
They merely accepted the fact that the
University of Corinth was among the best in the
country and that all true Corinthians were both
proud and worthy of it.
The village itself was a gem of well-kept
streets, roads and houses, and all New England
could scarce show a better groomed settlement.
In a way, the students, of course, owned the
place, yet there were many families whose claim
to prominence lay in another direction.
However, Corinth was by all counts, a college
town, and gloried in it...
Our Pilgrim band of stern and rock-bound
forefathers left us a goodly heritage in New
England. And, even though we may not still in
awed tones call it holy ground, yet the soil
where first they trod calls forth a certain
respect and admiration not compelled by any
other group of these United States.
To be sure they didn’t tread all of it. Lots and
lots of square miles of ground and lofty soil
are still untrodden to any great extent,
especially the northern parts of the northern
Maine, with its great, beautiful Aroostook
County, whose far-flung potato farms have a
charm all their own, and whose glistening white
farmhouses have their barns hitched on behind
like majestic trains of cars—the exquisite
tidiness of Maine as a state far outranks all
her twelve original sisters...
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