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  • We next wrote to Key West, Florida. They answered our letters in excellent language and we learned many new and interesting facts. With characteristic southern generosity they sent us a box of curiosities by freight. In the box were cocoanuts as they grow on the tree, both large and small, king conch, queen conch, micromoc shells, several specimens of coral, and a branch showing how it begins to form, star fish, three sponges (one fine one ), one picked up on the sea coast, sea caps, plumper, soldier crab, king crab, clam shells, sun shells, periwinkle, coffee shells, barnicles, sea fan, sea moss, snake shells, and other rare things from the sea.
    --Susan H. Teas, 1894, "Letter writing in connection with the geography work", Indiana School Journal 39(10): 585

    November 20, 2011