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At Brattou'a Building, East of the
Court-House. , .
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- Ottrf year, .'.' .' : . :'t '. '. ...... . $1 50
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McAHhur; ' - " Ohio,
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"RT? ATTOTT & MAYO.
ATl'OKNEYS AT LAW,
HcArthur, Vinton County, Ohio,
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slar atUniieu g'von to the collection of soldiers
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Juit npnud.n hur runid men
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tor !e. Ilutorusl p iid on timo c'i'P'dt.
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Win Kiimi-T; K !i I.udwivk; a a Aittin;t! 1)
ClarU; W Bik; rUdwick. no3l)in
Brown, .Mackev, and Co.,
' AVholcsalo Grocers.
No. 23 Paint Hlreet.Chillicolho, O.
MF.KC'IIANTSof McArihnr mid nuround
ing ci untry, two rerpi;t;'u:ly hivitud to
call and oxaminu our i-toclc onsis'iiig of evory
thing in the Ktocery lino, hieii wo ill tell u
low the lowor mid ul aooilj wnrrantud to be
juit aa rcprbsuntod. Uofuro piirvhn. log elo
wliora yu will do woil t cull and uro tn.
will . tfor yau indiucmontH not to lu hetiien
Wo8i 1'uint atret, Chilliootlia, 0,1 door sonth
of M''Koir Qnctnro for. du21m3
M. & C. R. R., TIME TABLE.
IUOU December 3rd ISoi, Trains will
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COI.S'O EAST. ,
Station$. Mail. Ki'jht Ex.
Cincinnati, 0 10 a in 12 35 a
ChlllU'Cthe, 2 00 p m 3 da a
Iliiniilen, 3 45 p m C 31 a
ZHlt'ski, 4 IS p ra 7 01 n
Marriutta, ' 8 20 p in 11 10 u
Stations. Mail. Ki'jht Ex.
Marriotts, - 6 43 a in 7 05 p
Zalaskl. s 9 'U a in 11 fO pin
ILitudcn. 11 Ui) a in 11 42 p
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Cincinnati, 4 53 p m G 00 a
Train ouunect it Iluii.iuii with Muiltiam,
to and from 1 irWnouth'O. Uu-7-6i
Corner . Sixth ; and Elm Streets,
Cincinnati Ohio. ' "
THE CHEAPEST llOUSlp IN THE CITY
' Terms $2,00 per Day. '
OMMliUb&tg carry fal. pa welders to and
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1'hitn and Fuurl btrou.s. in oily four equaros
troraibU huc, tiKikinit U cobyociuut for pns
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' Constitution, ltronchitis'and Cronp. Bidug
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M. & C. R. R., TIME TABLE. Poetical.
[From the La Crosse Democrat.]
BY DRED HOWLAND.
(loo prci ngaiiut the window fafie
I'tcHiio; out Iiitb tliu ni-ht,
A fncu ot'(Wi-!t yenrninp. lookinjr
G ray fji'8 with their far-rcacliinjr light
litvn the silent streets' dcucrtctl,
Cazlnp; thro' the sleet, anil rain,
(Jultk ears that listen for the footsteps,
That may jiever come again ! .
Oh I eyes how wondrous deep the nican-
In yotirpltlfnl, longitifr pnzo
out npim tne kiih anil sioi ui wnu,
O'er the dark iiitm-tain waye, ,
Do be quiet heart! cease beating I
Best a moment from your pain. . ,,
. Can vou tell mo rain-drops" fliHIfig "
If We'll ever niett again?
As ye journey omrnrri weeping,
In your course toward the s.ea ;
If you fall on lip or forehead, .
Ki.-is'tlic in, lovingly for me. .
He may never Know w ho calls hhn,
Tho' he'll surely hear Ihu try
That ;ic out with uth wild anguish
On the storm wlnys rushing by.
Spir!t-hand.. clasp hancN with spirit,
3I etinje beyond the hounds of ppaee ;
'. He will fuel my touch atrt know it,
Tho' he can not the lingers trace.
lie will know how much I'm yearning
For the old anil fond embrace,
lie. will hear me, fed me, know me,
If he can not see my fact
Thou Journey on, oh ! restless raindrops,
In your course toward tho tea,
It you fall on lip or forehead,
Kiss them lovingly for mo.
BY DRED HOWLAND. Sumner with His "Whiskers."
Tune--"Captain with his Whiskers."
I . '
A.$ I u; arched Uirongh; de town with my
feathers o g:V, j"
I thought to myself what thtr, white folks
will say; .
Yld my waterfall behind, and niy wool
combed straight, . .
I strutted like a big-bug, vld a "Ave tar
. red gait."
Den to Congress I went.
Whar ilcy waist niggera' scenr,
And I hcavd Vtevens preach 'gainst dii neAV
Uut de Senate Chamber, child, I'm often
gwiae to pee,
Dar Sumner w id his whisker stole? a ely
glance at me.
It might be n dream, but It icems so real to
I hardly can pereume. but it's mighty apt
I drem't dat Vr'llson, Stovcr.s my '-brcder-
en ami men"
Was on (loir knees, ami tried to please dis
darkey from tie pen.
Oh, my dream may come true,
Den I ilon't know what to do;
But do sweetest flug ob all 1 hasn't told to
De quality's my fancy and dat I'agwlneto
For Simmer, whl his whikere, sfole a sly
ghu.i e at me.
Ho said my noso was flat, and he didn't care
for dat ;
And my wool was 'kinky.'' In de stylo de
while olk trying "at;
Dat de smell ot niiii-'lc lie lubbcd, w hich de
nigger needn't buy
You kin tell de nigger by de smell whenev
er he Is nigh.
Oh, he talked so sweet, and smiled,
Dat he charmed dU colored child ;
I dre'int I was in Eden, by do sarpent dar
And I blessed de happy times dat dis darkey
libbed to see
When Sumner, wid his w hiskers, stole a sly
glance at me.
THE IRON CROSS.
A Woman's Confession.
A little faded miniaturo of a
young girl in all her freshness. ' I
can scarcely believo that I ever
looked like this I, an old, sad wo
man, who looks longingly to tho
time when the place I have known
shall know me no more. And yet
I, even I,-was. young, and lovely
once. Ah me I how long ago it
seems 1 Long ago, longer than to
most women, for the blight fell up
on: monsoon, and I count nearly all
my years by my sorrows.
I was born by the seashore, that
same everlasting tlrood whose wa
ters I can' look out from my. win
dows now, and to whoso roar I lis
ten as I write. " My father .was
wealthy, and I was raised in' the
lap of luxury. lie died when I was
ten years bid,' and most needed his
care. ' I wish he had 'lived. He
might have made me a better 'wo
man; and the story 'of my life might
have .been .different. I was left
alone with my mother. She was
not lit for the . chargoi confided to
her. She was weak and giddy, and
she reared mo TnT'lfer notions of
fashion and folly. I do- not-, blame-
her that my life has been' so sad;
for It was in, my ppwer to r change
it, but I would not. i I grew-up a
beautiful; fascinating, , fashionable
jvoman, ana was. greatly admired.
You would rot think it, I know, to
look at me now; but it is so. vWhen
. o glim Hi iuuuo .VU.V, UiOvLiyclj
that my fathprk luxurious 'style of
uviu.uctu jjrcaiiy uimimsneu nis
fortune, ami the persistency with
which my mother clung to her aii--customed
mode of life made fearful
inroads upon tho rest. A low
years at the farthest would exhaust
it. I spolvo of this to my inother'j
and she acknowledged it, but de
claretl her inability to help it. la'
less tlmn a year the died; and olil
such a fearlul death I I fhudder
when I think of it, though it was'
years ago, and I seem to hear her
last words to me even yet "Nellie',
never marry a poor man. Make a
rich match." J,
It needed not my mother's with
to confirm mo in my desire to con
tract a rich marriage, for I had de1
termiucd to adopt the plan as tho
only means by which I could escaae
the doom of poverty which I saty
hanging over mc. I had not the
moral courage to face it, and I re-,
solved to fly from it; but I little
dreamed of the struggle that was
i:i store for me. 1
When I was a child my only
playmate was a boy a few years
older than myself. IIo was named
Walter Gwynne, and, was the son
of a neighbor. Walter and I had
been playmates and schoolmates
together. As we grew up our chil
dish affection strengthened, and
when we became man and woman,
we loved each other with a love
that could not die. We wcro nev
er pledged to each other, but I
knew his heart, and he knew mine.
When my mother died Walter was
very good to me. Oh, never had I
loved him so will as 1 did thenl--In
my gratitude I gave him a relic
that had belonged to my father,
and begged him to keep it for my
Bake. It was a small, curiously
worked cross of iron, and boro this
inscription in German: "Igave cold
for iron ; 1813." It was one cf the
lamous iron croees that was be
stowed by tho. King of Prussia "in
the war against Napoleon, and had
been conterred for merit on my
grandfather. It had never been in
unworthy hands, and I gave it to
Walter, as.Lewa3 the only one I
knew who meritei5"it; hut I diifht
think then that my hand would in
deed lay upon him a cross of iron
never to be laid down.
.' I had resolved on marrying a
rich man as my own fortune would
not last much longer, and I was
lirni in my determination. I loved
Waller Owynn with mv whole
heart, but he was poor, and I knew
would have a hard struggle in life ;
and I had not the courage to face
the world with him. I hated my
self for the weakness, and would
have given worlds to have been his
wife; but I had not tho moral
strength ti mako tho trial.
A few weeks after my mother's
death, Walter walked with me down
to the rocks that lined tho sea
shore; it was tho first time since
my bereavement that wo had been
together for more than a few min
utes at a time. lie spoke to me
about my future life, and asked mo
what I would do. I told him that
I did not know ; that my future was
still shrouded in- mystery and
. 'I have thought of this a great
deal, Nellie,' he said earnestly, 'and
I do not think I shall do wrong to
speak to you ai I wish.'
1 glanced up at his face; and, a3
I saw the look there, knew what
he wished to say. I grew pale and
'No, Wal ter, no,' I gapped. Don't
say it don't say it!'
He looked at me with surprise,
and with an expression of pain. .
I must say it, Nellie,' ho went
on, 'and you .must listen to , me.
Ever sinto we were children I have
loved you, and have looked for
ward to the day when I should
claim you as my wife. . Now that
you are alone. in the-world, I think
that I have the right to urge my
claim. You knpw I love you, and
I havo believed that you loved me.
You know my prospects as well as
I do, and that I have a hard strug
gle before me; but with your en
couragement and love, I think I
can come out of the contest with
success. . Will you be ihy wife,
Nellie V . . 1 : ,
;I had sunk down on a rock, rbr I
could go no further. My limbs re
fused to sustain mc, and it seemed
as if my heart would break. I cov
ered my face with.my hands and
strove fiercely to control my emo
tions.. 'Al? my, loye ; for Walter
rushed upon mo in a strong and
mighty, torrent, which well-nigk
swept awr.jr the barriers of my sin
ful resolation.". How grand and no
ble he looked, as ho laid hig heart
before me in all its ' 6impte truth
fulness, and how false and. foul I
was, as I shrank Leforo his avowal :
in my criminal weaknes ! I wish I
had died then; it Would .have been
better for me. I said nothing, for
I could not trust my voiced and
Walter spoke again.
'I want you to decide with a view
to your own happiness. , If you do
not lyve mo enough to be my wife,
you might learn to do so. Eut if
it will mako you happier to reject
me, do not hesitate
'Happier V I asked bitterly,
lie hud been gazing out upon
tho sea; and turned suddenly at the
sound of my voice. It was so full
of bitterness that it startled even j
tne. v i
'Are yotvill, Nellie?' ho asked, J
No,' I answered with forced '
calmness; 'only I can not talk ; to ;
you about this now, Walter. I can 1
lint Tinu'. At crmin rllioi lt,,,n'
-vv ....... V UW.WV UlllVi lllilV.
' 'I have been too hasty.' he said
tenderly. 'I'oor child, you grief
has not grown calm enough for you j
i - ii i. i . t .
to nun oi nnyimng uut your mo
ther. I can wait, Nellie. I could
A sharp pain shot through my
heart, and it was with dilliculty
that I suppressed a cry of anguish.
My heart was wrung with a terri
ble torture, and I felt that I could
endure Walter's presence no lou
ger. I wanted to bo alone. I ask
ed him to go back by himself and
leave me, as I wanted to be alone.
IIo seemed surprised at first,
when' I repeated my request,
turneu to go away, l
and caught his hand.
'If anything should happen to
'give you cause to hate me, would
you do so V ''
Jllato you, Nellie?'
I do not
tninK i couiu hate you.'
'Not evon though I should give
you cause to do so ' I asked, scarce
ly knowing what I said.
'Not oven then, Nellie. I would
in n'.ch a case feel great sorrow, but
no unkindness. Uut what makes
n'oAi h&k mo ' IIo locked at
'Nothing,' I replied. 'Go, leave
mo now. 1 am weak and nervous.'
lie turned off with a sigh, and as
ho went he seemed to carry all tho
light of my existence with him. I
sank down on the rock and gavo j
way to my leelings. l sullereu in
tensely, and my soil-hatred became
almost unendurable; but still I grew
firmer m my resolution. It was ;
dark when I went back home, and!
by that time 1 had conquered my
Among my friends was a gentle
man whom 1 had known from my
childhood, lie was fifty, at least
and 1 was just twenty-one. I re
ceived a visit from him a tew days
after my interview with Walter,
and before he left me, he made me
an oiler of his hand. He told mc
he had loved mo for a long tinif, j
Lut had feared to speak before, as
he was so much older that ho fear
ed I could not lovo him, but now
that I was alone in tho world, he
felt that he had a right to tell mc
of his love.
These were almost the very
words Walter had spoken to me,
and they fell with a cold chill on
my heart. 1 asked him time to re
lied on the oiler ho had made, and
was given as long a timo as I de
sired. It seemed to me that some hid
den power was holding out this of
fer to me to tempt me to my fate.
Hejwasaman of pure and noble
heart, who wished to make me his
wife. He was wealthy' and my
condition would bo even better
than at preseut ; but I did not love
him. Yet I had resolved upon a
rich marriage, and I had no better
prospect than this. Should I ac
cept him ? Oh, tho torture the ag
ony of thoso thoughts 1 ' I le t that
I knew what my course would be.
It would be to deceive a 'tru3j
good man,, who trusted me, and
prove false to my own heart.
I avoided Walter,' but could not
help seeing him sometimes. ' He
never said anything more with "re
gard to the oiler he had made 1 ine,
but I perceived that he was anx
iously awaiting my answer.''.1 Little
did he dream how much suffering1
those interviews; cost me. I would
have given my life tot have knelt at
his feet and laid my heart bare be
fore him, to have, asked hinx to take
me to his own great l-cort and ea vo
me front, mysellj; but I could not
I could not, I ' 1 .
. I resolved' to end .this trial. I
sentfo Mr. Grey and gave him my
answejtOrhisiBiiifj. cl promisel :to
be hi wife. When he left me 1
fainted, and alter that my
seemed frozen within me. Only
ouco it moved beyond my control.
One afternoon, about sunset, I
wenr, out aiuno
to the rocks near
the sea-shore, where 1 had been so
often mth Walten 1
sat for a long
tune looking out on the
nur n fits i i I'ne
which wero overcast with a dull,
Jeadcn hue, nud listening to tho
moaning of the surf on tho beacln
1 sat motionless, with a Vacuo-sense
of relief from pain, how long 1 do
not know. 1 was anused by an
instinctive knowledge that 1 was
not alone, and loolunir up. 1 sair
Walter standing by me. lie was
sadder than 1 had ever seen him as
he sat down by me, and wo talked
for a long time. The moon was ri-
sinsr. but it was soon obscured bv
dark cloud?. Still we sat there.
1 wished to tell him of my engage-
mem, nut Knew nor. now to do 60.
1 thought it best that ho should
learn it from me. At hit 1 nerved
. i I . .i . -l
myself for the fearful effort.
Walter ?'l said,
ana my voice
stern, 'do you
sounded harsh and
know Mr. Grev V
'Certainly. He is one of the best
and most upright men in the place.
Why do you ask ?'
iliecause 1 have promised to bo
his wife,' 1 replied. 1 shook like
an aspen ; my strength seemed go
ing from me.
Walter only bent his head so
that 1 could not see his face, and
then said in a low tone, after a mo
'1 have feared this for some time,
Nellie. 1 don't blamo you, but 1
doubt the wisdom of your choosing
so old a man. But tell me, do you
love Mr. Grey?'
'O, my God!' 1 groaned involun
tarily. 'That question from you.'
Ho came and stood directly over
me, and looking at mo sternly, ask
'Tell mc, do you love that old
.l,had unconsciously betrayed
myself, and 1 now took refuge in
-'You havoio right to ask ,that
question',' 1 replied quickly
1 have a right to ask it. 1 will
tell you why. It is because you
have deceived mo, and wrung my
heart until it is almost broken : be
cause 1 know now that my worst
fears are confirmed because you
are about to trample upon my heart
as well as your own, all for the sake
of an old man's
1 have a
right to ask the question, and to
demand an answer.'
1 rose to my feet. 1 was angry
now, for he had spoken to me as no
one had ever done before, and 1 did
not pause to think of tho provoca
tion 1 had given him.
'1 refuse to answer it I' 1 exclaim
ed. 'You shall answer mo I' he broke
Ibis is worthy, of you, lexclaim-
'xou can insult me
here, where 1 havo no protector.
1 think 1 shall make a lucky es
capo from marrying you.'
He stood before me silently, with
his head bowed. He pointed to
the rock and motioned that 1 sho'd
sit down ; but 1 refused.
'Nellie,' he said slowly, and the
suffering in ids tone pierced my
heart.' 1 ask your pardon for my
rudeness. When you were a little
cluiu, 1 used to carry you in my
arms over all tho rough places on
my way to the school ; and even
then 1 used to look forward to the
time when 1 should have tho right
to carry you over tho rugged roal
along which we must all make our
life journey. Since that timo 1
have never had a thought that was
not for your happiness. 1 love you
better than 1 can ever love another
better even than my life itself;
but if it would secure your happi
ness, 1 would see your love change
to a life-long sorrow, and not mur
mur.' . ; .
God knows what demon prompt
ed me, but 1 answered sneeringly
. 'So it would seem.'
1 saw him flinch under tho cruel
blow, but he continued with his
eyes fixed on the sea-
'1 speak the truth. 1 could not
lie to you here, - Nellie, with God
overhead, and his .voice speaking:
to mo iti the booming of the waves,
l.feiel that 1 havo lost you forever,
and 1 hope you will believe me.'
-;IIe paused, and seemed waiting
for 'me to speak; but'l said nothing,
and he went on,-this- time looking
at me steadily.
'l am sorry "yon think so poorly
of me. Since it is tho case, how
ever, 1 ought t;o. return you this.
jWhen you gave it-to me,' you' said
it wiu to be worn only by good and
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worthy men. 1 ought not to Leas
ill : . . ."
He held out to mo tho iron rcs,
and his arm trembled as he did to
1 couli not tako it; 1 kncw; that 1
was not worthy to wear it,, and 1
would have died at his feet bef rei
would have received it from him.
'Keep it,' 1 gasped; 'keep it, for
you are worthy to wear it. 1 dare
not take it.' My heart soamcj
bursting, and 1 cried madly, 0 Wal.
ter; pity mc! my heart is breaking!
Ho sprang forward and clasps!
mc in his arms. He held mo so
close that 1 could not move, and 1
could feel his hoart beating fiercely
against mine. 1 lay passive, for a
moment, for it Was so sweet to ha '
clasped in those dear arms, where'
1 know 1 could never be held again.
1 felt his tears falling fast on my
" Nellie, Nellie, he sobbed, 'yoa .
can not do this. You lovo me 1
know you love me, as truly as 1
love you; and yet you would doom
both of us to life-long misery. 1
implore you, do not marry that
1 felt that 1 could not long resist
him, if he held mo thus. 1 called
up all my fortitude to sustain me
Release me, Walter Gwynn, 1
exc'ai no 1 coldly; . o.t have no right
to act so.'
By heaven !' he shouted. fWra-
ly, 1 will not part with, you ! Look
at those waves. What 'is to hinder
mo front hurling you into them, and
saving you from a life of infamy?
You do not love that old man, and
you marry lillh for his gold. By
heaven you shall not! 1 will plunge
you teneatu thos waves and fol
low von there, before vcu shall ha r
A fiuicki firm footsten was heard
behind us, and a voico exclaimed
m anjrry astonishment. 'Mr. Gwvnn.
what does this mean?'
Walter released mo and wo both
looked around abruptly. Mr. Grev
was standing within a few feet of
us. Walter looked ;.t him for . a :
moment, hesitated, and than. sps
dov:a the rocks, and .W" out pf
sight. . . "
'What does it mean ?' Mr. Groy
'Poor boy,' 1 said, calmly. 'He
has hist made me an offer of hia
hand, and his disappointment made
him' forcet what was due to me. 1
hope you will pay no attention to
mm, lor i am sure no will bo asha
med of himself when he erows
It cost me much to utter these
words, but 1 did it io calmly and
with such composure, that Mr. Grey
was deceived. ' ,
'1 am sorry for him, Nellie,' he
saidsimph 'If he toves vou as 1
doj 1 can well imagine how much
suffering his loss has cost him.'
We went home in silence. 1 did
did not 163 Walter again. In the
morning 1 received a note with on
ly two words Forgivo fne ;' and
in the evening 1 heard that, he had
gone away from the village. '"
In a month after thn 1 was mar
ried. 1 had learned by that time
to rule my heart, and 1 did not fal
ter as 1 repeated the awful word
in which 1 vowed to love my hus
band. AfewwecKs after my mar'
riage, 1 learned that Walter had
fallen heir to an immense fortune
lelt him bY a distant relative. Thia
was the beginning of mt punish
ment. I wanted weal th, and had I heea
true to my own heart I might havo had it,
and w ith the love I craved. '
Mr. Urey was kind and tender. All that
wealth and ali'octiou could do to make' me
happy, he lavished upon mo ; but each fresh
proot of his love and confidence only in
ereascd my misery and sol f-con tempt. I
was a living lie. I hated myself, and pray
ed for death, but cotdd not hud it. j
At lat a child was born to me a darling
little blue-eyed girl. My whole soul wa3
bound up in her. and just as 1 was looking
forward td happiness in her, God took her
from ine. I know the nui'iDhmpntwasjast
yet It was hard to thin'; so theiu :. .
After my baly died 1 became reckless. . I
cared for nothing.' My husband's love was
torture to me, aud ctry day I found It more
dltticult to bear. At last therei cr.me on
who,though nominally my husbaud's friend,
sougl t both his rniu and my own. .Ho
read my secret fully, and humbled me with
It. I was mad I vas desperate; Even-oin-n
shame wa. preferable to the life of
tre c'.ierrvul falsehood I was leaning; My;
husband a false friend vatcheir me closely,;
attm.dcd luc like my shadow. a::d at lasr"
uAeJmo to iljwith him. In 'my wretch
edness 1 consented. Hi a-veu knows" I was
iniioeent of sinful tntaiit, but hi my misery
I clutched tue first ciiauce of escape.
We left the house one dark, stormy night
and enti'rtng a close carriage, set Oft at Fi;ir
.'P -td for tho railway fatioiu; 1 '.n- henes
took li ig.tt and ran aw y I sat in the car
riage damb with tin. i and
coiiseioui of everything until' u sudden'
crash startled mc. ar.d I tound myself-hail-td
into one corner of the vehicle, wbicl.
fill heavily to pi.'j sitle. . Iu an'instaut my
coiui a.iiou was out of the carriage, bo that
when the people collected iirouud it no
one knew that fcc Lad occupied it with me.
They helped m to alight and coxigtatuU
ted me on my lorttiLale escape.
As I was moving aw ay, I saw them take
something like a tinman form from neoVr
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