Yet he had learned about the world, in his own way . . . and now, many years later, he had his own way of passing it along.
Lifting his violin to his chin, he inclined his head fondly toward it -- and began to play . . . and the tone rang out with velvety richness and strength until the atmosphere was satiated with harmony. No more ethereal note ever flew out of a bird's throat than Anthony Croft set free from this violin, his "swan song" . . . the treasure he had made in the year he lost his eyesight.
Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923), author of such works as "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" and "Penelope's English Experiences," was one of America's most popular writer of books for young people.