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The wife of a leading minister
in a New Jersey town was sitting
on the porch of the manse when
a man with a grip in his hand
started to come up-the steps.
Spotting him at once for a book
agent or a peddler, she said, firm
ly: "Nothing today."
"Have you one?" queried the
Fearing that an affirmative an
swer might lead to further con
versation, in which the salesman
would try to demonstrate the im
provements made in the article
since she had purchased hers, the
minister's wife,answered shortly,
Shaking his head, the man re
treated down the steps, repeating
this sentence several times:
"Hasn't got one, doesn't Want
The man's manner and tone o
voice awakened the woman's cur
iosity; so very soon she went over
to a neighbor's house, where she
had seen the man stop, ' and,
"What was that man who was;
here a few minutes ago selling?"
To her astonishment and
chagrin, the neighbor replied,
"Bibles." Lippincott's njaga-i
.Len Small got the second
place on primary ballot for gov
ernor, so they tell us from Spring
field. Which again leads to reflection
on the mysterious ways of Provi
dence and politics.
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