My amusements have been, reading all kinds of fiction, philately, boating and an occasional half day hunting or fishing. These, with an evening now and then at the club, at pool or whist, or an occasional evening at the opera, complete the list, I think. I have been busy and in perfect health. My powers of endurance of physical and mental fatigue are, I think, unusual. I frequently go several consecutive days and nights without sleep with little noticeable discomfort. I am, first, last and all the time, an optimist; I ate, for many years, four meals a day; I sleep, ordinarily, three to eight hours a night, and at 43 look ten years older because of being very gray. All summer I spend from 10 to 14 hours a day in ordinary farm work and much time in similar employment all the year around. My family consists of a wife and six children. The ages of the children are respectively 19, 18, 16, 15, 10 and 3. One other child lived but a few hours. This family, fairly large according to present-day stand ards, has been sought rather than avoided by both my wife and myself.