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make much money. And we buy a mortgage on our house, I and my husband." It was to southern Ontario that young Alexander Graham Bell came with his Scottish parents in 1870. The Bells had already lost two sons to tuberculosis and sought a kindlier climate for the third, who also was threatened. Telephone Born in "Thinking Spot" In the salubrious air of the family homestead at Brantford, young Bell's health steadily improved. He spent much of his time resting in his fa vorite "dreaming place" under a tree. Here he conceived the principle of the telephone, and here in Brantford he conducted some of his early ex periments. A Bell memorial in granite and bronze stands today near the center of the town. The old Bell home, with its original furniture and mementos of the inventor, attracts a steady stream of visitors. Many years later, in nearby Strat ford on Ontario's River Avon, an other young man had a brilliant idea. He was Tom Patterson, editor of a small trade paper, whose consuming interest was to make Stratford a cen ter of Shakespearean theater, like its older counterpart in England. One day Patterson telephoned Shakespearean director Tyrone Guthrie in Ireland. Would Guthrie come over and help plan a Shake speare theater? Guthrie was so astonished-and impressed-it never occurred to him to ask why or how he should help a Canadian town of 20,000 acquire such a theater. He merely asked, "When shall I come?" Sails Bellying, Crews Hiking, Sloops Skim Lake Ontario Sunlight jewels a choppy sea off Toronto as Wayfarer 276, its sheets eased, races for the outer mark during the Canadian National Exhibition Regatta. Sailing lures thousands of Cana dians to the Great Lakes in sum mer. Good sailors in larger boats sometimes venture all the way across the lakes. KODACHROMEBY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 68 PHOTOGRAPHERWINFIELD PARKS © N.G.S.