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CHAPTER IH CAMBRIDGE CHARLESTON THE AGASSIZ SCHOOLEUROPE 1850-1865 THE girlhood of Elizabeth Gary as we have followed it in the preceding pages differed little from the usual existence of a Boston girl of the time, growing up in a large circle of relatives linked by intermarriage with other Boston families whose names were more or less conspicuous in the commercial interests of the place especially trade with East India or China. Into this provincial community there flashed a brilliant element in 1846 with the arrival of Louis Agassiz, already well known as an able naturalist and a gifted professor in the University of Neuchatel. He had left his delicate German wife with their two daughters at Carlsruhe and his son at school in Neuchatel, and had come to America with scientific exploration as his primary object, for which he had received a grant of money from the King of Prussia. But previous to sailing, in order to eke out his slender income, he had arranged under the auspices of Mr. John Lowell to deliver a course of lectures for the Lowell Institute in Boston. The effect that he produced upon his audience, composed of scientific and cultivated hearers side by side with working-men, is best described by Mrs. Agassiz in his biography: Never was Agassiz's power as a teacher, or the charm of his personal presence more evident than in bis firstcourse of Lowell Lectures. He was unfamiliar with the language. . . . He would often have been painfully embarrassed but for his own simplicity of character. Thinking only of his subject and never of himself, when a critical pause came, he patiently waited for the missing word, and rarely failed to find a phrase which was expressive if nottechnically correct. . . . His foreign accent rather added a charm to his address, an...