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When Natsu lived the fields were all alive
And perfumed, sweet with cherry blossoms wild;
And overhead the redbird made their nests
And sang in concert with the half-caste child.
When Natsu died the sun, all blazing red,
Sank suddenly behind a blue-gray cloud;
The blowing, restless pine trees scarcely stirred;
Each mourned for her within its snowy shroud.
When Natsu lived the flashing sunshine smiled
And played in rapture on her midnight hair;
It loitered glad in her deep purple eyes,
And kissed the russet cheeks and lips so rare.
When Natsu died the passion’s bloom had fled,
And white and cold and pure and still she lay;
The sweet lips dumb, the speaking eyes now closed;
The wistful questioning gone, alas! for aye.
Past rice fields, whence the summer’s grace had flown,
Where wintry wind-wraiths chanted dirges wild,
They bore her gently - they who ne’er had known
The red barbarian’s child.
- Boston Journal.


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Winnifred Eaton

  • Born: August 21, 1875
  • Died: April 08, 1954
See the Biographical Timeline for biographical information on Winnifred Eaton.

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Mary Chapman

Mary Chapman is the Director of The Winnifred Eaton Archive, a Professor of English, and Academic Director of the Public Humanities Hub at University of British Columbia. She is the author of the award-winning monograph Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and US Modernism (Oxford UP) and of numerous articles about American literature and women writers. She has also edited Becoming Sui Sin Far: Early Fiction, Journalism and Travel Writing by Edith Maude Eaton (McGill-Queen’s UP) and published essays on the Eaton sisters in American Quarterly, MELUS, Legacy, Canadian Literature, and American Periodicals. Her current research project is a microhistory of the Eaton family. For more information, see

Joey Takeda

Joey Takeda is the Technical Director of The Winnifred Eaton Archive and a Developer at Simon Fraser University’s Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL). He is a graduate of the M.A. program in English at the University of British Columbia where he specialized in Indigenous and diasporic literature, science and technology studies, and the digital humanities.

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Washington Times

Daily newspaper (Sundays excepted) published in Washington, D.C. from 1902 until 1939.
Written by Samantha Bowen