Since 1876, Seton suffered from a hernia injury. In 1883, he learned that there was a physician in Chicago performing hernia operations. He signed a release form stating that he understood the procedure was experimental and that there was great risk of him dying. Additionally, he agreed to allow medical students observe the procedure in a classroom setting. All went well, and he returned to Manitoba with new physical strength and confidence.
The spring flower of the West is the sand flower or crocus. ETS wrote a charming myth in Woodland Tales about this gorgeous announcement of springtime. The story is called “Blue-eyes, the Snow Child, or The Story of Hepatica.”
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ETS advised others, “Write of each event on the day that it happened. Do not trust your memory. Let every page have a place and date in full.”
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Seton’s first trip to London started in August 1879 on his way to enroll in Art School after winning highest honors in Toronto. He started classes at the Royal Academy of Art in 1881, but didn’t stay as long as expected due to illness.
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Prospective students to Art schools in London gathered at the British Museum where they created their entries for consideration by admissions officials. Seton submitted his first effort in 1879 and his second in 1880.
Joseph Logan Thompson moved his family to Canada and homesteaded near Lindsay, Ontario in 1866.