One list, tucked inside the notebook, is different.
Its subject, mountains circling a broad valley covered with clumps of the wild weed which had ruled the land ever since the west began. But its dominion was over.
Stretching as far as eye could see was the fence, symbol of the slogan which epitomized America, "Westward the course of empire takes its way." A nation's progress in this small etching: wildness coming under man's subjection! Idea and execution both projected out of that intimate knowledge of the fundamentals of technique which gives to an artist's work the effortless simplicity of genius.