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GW’s River Horse

GW’s River Horse
Legend has it that the atomic was once home to these wondrous beasts. George and Martha Washington are even said to have watched them cavort in the river shallows from the porch of their beloved Mount Vernon on summer evenings.  Credited with enhancing the fertility of the estate, the Washingtons believed the hippopotamus brought them good luck and children on the estate of an attempted to Luer the creatures close enough to the shore to touch a nose for good luck. So, too, may generations of students of The George Washington University. 
Art for wisdom,
Science for joy,
Politics for beauty,
And a hippo for hope.
The George Washington University class of 2000
August 28, 1996
Submitted by
Bryan Arnold

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