A short memo to all cousins — While this is not yet of interest to many, it is to some, and will be to many others by and by. It is about attaining the age of seventy years: the allotted three score and ten. I will first quote my favorite author, Samuel L.Clemens — Now I must tell you about how I feel approaching my 70th birthday.-"...It is a time of life when you arrive at a new and awful dignity; when you throw aside the decent reserves which have oppressed you for a generation and stand unafraid and unabashed upon your seven-terraced summit and look down and teach - unrebuked. You can tell the world how you got there. It is what they all do.... I have achieved my seventy years in the usual way; by sticking strictly to a scheme of life which would kill anyone else. It sounds like an exaggeration, but that is the common rule for attaining to old age.....I will now teach, offering my way of life to whomsoever desires to commit suicide by the scheme which has enabled me to beat the doctor and the hangman for seventy years.....I have made a rule never to smoke but one cigar at a time. I have no other restrictions as regards smoking. I do not know just when I began to smoke. I only know that it was in my father's lifetime, and that I was discreet. - From a speech which he made at Delmonico's December 5, 1905.----
Now, I will add my supplication upon attaining the age of 70: "I am somewhat more fragile,and much less agile, but yet, I am still above ground." — and, or— "I am now getting old, my back, a little bent; My get up and go, has got up and went, But I'll not complain, I aver with a grin., For only I know where my get up has been!"