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Oh ! the snow, the beautiful snow,
I' ding the .sky and (he e:irth below ; *
Over the ho t over ih ■ street,
, Over iiie heads ot tiie i>£pple vou wpgitr
Kfirting, I
Fdijmping alone:.
Beautiful snow! it run do nothing wron ' • j
( ii.r.ug to lips ni u tiMucsome freak,
i 5 iiuut'.ii snow, Iroui the heavens above,
Fnrt ns an angFl aiid fickle su !ove!
O'x! the snow, the beautiful snow !
11\ tie flakes gather and laugh - thev go !
w hirl.ng about in its ma.id nieg fun.
It plays in its dee with every out,
Hurrying by,
R T lights UP the face and it sparkles the eve ■
: An I even tne dogs with a bark and a bouud,
Snap at t! c crystals t! .it ed.lv around.
I'iie town is alive and its heart in a glow,
To welcome the coming ol'beautiful snow. ,
How the wild ciowd goes swaying along, !
Hailing each other with humor and song ;
H' .v the gay sledges 1 ik• • meteors hash bv—
Bright lor a moment, then lost to the eye, i
Dusuing th n y go.
Over the crest of the beautiful snovr,
Snow so pure when it fails from the skv,
io b' 1 tr. Liipled in mud bv the crowd rushin ,r
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fo be trampled and tracked by the thousands
of teet
Till it hi.nds with the filth in the horrible:
; Once I was pure as the snow—but I fell;
Fell, like the snow-flakes, from heaven—to !
Fell, to be Irampled as the filth of the street ;!
Keil, to be scoffed, to be spit on and beat,
Dreading to die
Selling my soul to whoever w< uld buy,
Dealing in shame for a morse! of bread,
ria ing the living ami fearing the dead.
Merci.ui Gru! have I fallen so low?
A .id vet I was once like this beautiful snow ! j
|Once 1 was f.ir as the beautiful snow,
\\ .;h :i <' ye like it.-: cr - tabs a heart Flee its !
gl'.W" '
One.' I was loved for my innocent grace— 1
j Fiattei ' .t ami : uigbt lor the charms of uiv face, j
Sisters all,
. God and myself. I have lost by my fall.
The veriest wretch that goes shivering by ;
'A'Til take w ide sw> ep, lest I wander too nigh,
. F r of all that is on or about me, 1 know.
There is nothing that's pure but the beautiful
j MOW.
How strange it should be that this beautiful
Should mil on a sinner with nowhere to go !
L w strange it would be, when the nigh!
comes again,
If the tm w uau the ice struck my desperate
bruin !
I m i;i£ alone !
1 To wicko ! f-.r * r. ; er too weak for my mcai.
IT • be heard in the crash <>• the crazy town,
G me lu.ut in .heir joy at the snow a coming
down ;
i o :•< and to die in my terrible wo,
Wile a oedaud a shrou d ol the beautiful snow!
I lor i/.r I'iticr Journal.
To School Uireclors.
I Mr.. EDITOO. —THROUGH the columns
'ofy~ur paper i wish to state a few tacts
tor the consideration ol school directors.
Being so I .n -what interested m the progress
and welfare of common school- 2 , I have
tak n tii ■ liberty (or availed myself.oftho
ri h to examine .-omc of the reports oi
0 . ci er—and iu one uf the uiost liourish-
I :ng ;unl p>. pu'.ou* townships iu the eouu
t\, L n i ced a report that had the follow
ing recommendations:
i roui beginning to end, it bad not a
s ingle marie of puncuation, although sev
er..'l abbieviated words aud initials of per
' sun ' names were its. <l, thus leaving the
leader a fair chance to peruse it through
without interruption. .Neither was there
, much bother from capitals, lor about one
half the author's names began with small
jle-'ters; and the possessive case was eu
. tireiy unknown. As to spelling, when I
! said " gramar" " mid ten' etc., L couolud
ied the policy was to shorten words—but
1 next came " arithmoticlc' and some ro
t ma: kably ingenious spelling of scholars'
1 names, (specimens ot which 1 ll out send
now,) words to which uiy rule would not
apply, and consequently 1 am still '• halt
ing between two opinions," with this phi
losophical question unsolved.
'i his, Directors, is actually true, and
1 j what I want to know is how such poorly
fjualitied teaohers happen to be employed,
j L hardly think it is the wish of our citi
zens who pay only thirteen mills school
tax on the dollar, to have their children
instructed by persons so delicient. Is the
i i County Superintendent in fault for grant
- ing them a certificate ? In this case Ihe
'• cert ideate" certified that the teacher ira&
1 not competent to teach, and the same, 1
am confident is the case with ah those
whoso quaiint nous are so deficient tout
aspire to the pro less ion ot teaching. Aud
arws—wch—wTl 111 i.ui j ufc.
I this report is not, in all respects a " rare
case," although [ have seen some of a
; very different stamp —and again 1 leave j
the matter unsolved, stiil wondering •' who.
j is to blame." X.
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For tii''. Potter Journal.
3s i! Uesl So Punhii I'lipHtil
'1 bis is a practical question ; and I am
aware that it is a two -sided question. In
l spite of the glowing descriptions that the
• Father*" give >•' the schools they at-'
I tended, where the master jerked from two
to a dozen over the de*iv daily, and flouacd
is many more —for ail they use to be so
; very still and fearful, ami careful nut to
j touch a slate and pencil before they wore
fourteen years old. Alt ho' it was thought
necessary to read the -'code' the svuond
morning after letting the urchin* have
i their way uue day, or perhaps at noon if
they got too bad, affixing to each article
tlie dread penalty "come onto (The floor,
draw your jacket, settle the account/'
Notwithstanding all these things, there
are some teachers who cuter school now-a-.
! days v. ith tiie resolution that they will not,
I enforce the government of tiie school
1 through fear of physical suffering. They
t are willing that the scholars should know 1
i that there will not be a whip brought in
to the school house. They intend that
every one in school shah not only umler-
jstand what the regulations are, but. shad
know why they are made, and shall beal
lowed to pass his unbiased judgment on :
their utility. There are two systems, di-j
verse from each other, each of which isi
j sanctioned by teachers of true worth and
•merit, and I may add success. I, like
I many others, as a practitioner and mi par-j
i tial observer, find myself in a dilemma.;
The baud that pens these lines has wielded
Esq. Hickory, whose recipient was the
! back of a rebel puoil. The uiotto "Do,
Right" enforced by gentle means and per
suasiveness has also been my rule of ac
tion. From these considerations f see
• strong reasons lor the belief, that, '1 the i
p over of corporeal punishment were tak- j
len from teachers, our schools Would bo
•be ll; d. Here is my data :
is:. K.ery child has a sense ot justice.
2nd E" -uy child whose inn.ate good-!
j rn-sv i.* oherisimu will do all he can toeu
! force the jrincip'es of justice, whether it
' I '
; condemns or -commends sob.
3rd. The system of punishing can claim
j to do nothing more than to crush the evil:
of our nature, leaving the good alone,
while the other plan is, in its very nature
j calculated to cherish a luxuriant, growth!
| of goodness, justice aud self-govern.cent,
amidst which tne dread evils of wicked'
mortals soon vanish aud arc unknown. I
may bo wrong, but t do contend that;
. every pupil has a sens.- of right and wrong
and is a lover of justice, and that iuas
mjcii as, physical punishment rather!
| crushes than cherishes these feelings, iu
Ishould ho iii-continued, and the teacher
- louiu at peal to the highest and noblest
, tuougnls ni ii:s pip. *, depending up #n
tiif.se virtues and t-.cir cuiuvaliou lor ;iu
: government of hi school.
Fellow teacher am L not riglit? W.
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For t!.e Potior Jou: .1 r . j
Letten on i'Uoiit'ihs. -f. 4.
; Our Present Orthography a i'ratkal
Pa Hurt . i
Did the bad effects of our orthography;
end iu being a scientific failure they
■might be borne with. But this is tar;
, from ti'ing the case. A system oi'writ
rintr which proceeds ru- '..idingto m rule,
;ceases to be a system oi alp'abctic writ-.
. ing a'tohetl cr, the term iu its prop
er sense), is, in fact a system by which
' each separate word has a seoarato i:ule
, pendent evntbol, whieii nm t be indlvid
/ uully committed to men.orv. so that the
/sound should recall the sign and the sign j
;11 • e sound, and tiie only advantage of
having these symbols composed ot por
tions of a series of 20 known an 1 named
. forms, is the greater readiness with which
ihc eye discriminates them, and the parts
of each symbol may be described iu words.
. In poiut of fact all the ordinary systems;
.'of teaching to read and spell, proceed up
| on this fundamental fact. One system,
/known as the "look aud say" method,
j does so without disguise; tlie teacher
.'points tea word, utters the sound, and
: ; proceeds in this way with every new word
.: until the child reeeu'uues it when shown
' again.
[ j In other systems, the fact is more or
Jless disguised by teaching first the names
.| of the several constituent parts. But iu
all systems, the mode in which spelling
iis taught displays the principle in all it.*
i i native ugliness. Column after column of
dull symbols, have to be committed to
memory by naming the letters of which
J the words are composed, the most tedi
] ou, uiost irksome, most irrational exer
(ci.se of a child's memory which it is weli
.; possible to conceive.
If we then conceive spelling as a con
jitrivau.ee. for rendering the enmmuniea
s'ficn of ideas and their preservation easy
[land rapid, we must condemn the present
51 orthography as a prac'tcal taiiure.
tj . "ir t>rem uo> ihayr ip ; iy ani ral/r. lurr.
i But tk*re higher •tuse r.t,il in
:i.vcrr-r~rr~ r.r <
whtc'iour spelling is a failure. To'givc j
maukind the btuedt of' bast age*, which 1
jtnuiuiv (iitnuui)ishes him from rhe brute,!
. ir i, n ces.s.iry t'uat one of the first thiug.*i
a child is taught, wlren he is educated,;
• should be the art of reading, to be close- \
y followed by that of writing. He lias I
io learn how to receive and to eommunt-j
: cate. Nearly tne first tiling, then, on j
which hi.* miiid is exercised uudcr the,
present cireuni.itaui.es, is to commit to;
,ia -.iiovy tiie'strange end c.)nfa.*ed system,
of smiling which"disgrace-? our language..
iie is therc.t'ore pinctioallv taugfctr ij re- !
garni trie .subjects on which he isexer-j
i i*ed a* suiiordinate to no rule. 'lue;
im aniiig of hue, or the boustant relations j
of phenomena a* respects similarity" and;
succession, is not only withheld lV|m him.
but is rendered almost cbsnrd.
Who would teach the idea ot physical 4
law from tlie changes of tiie weather'. —;
'J'no.-e of our spelling are only less numer
ous because the number of our words are ' :
. limited The child learns, therefore, prac-'
itically, in its first lessons, to yield to au
i thorny blindly, to sacritice aii reason, all
coinuiou sense, ail knowledge, at the
sh.'.tie of custom and routine, —to take
' his master's word and a.*k no questions.
The mind is cramped, confined, soul back
i into its polypii ceil, instead of evoked.—
A great moral and logical injury is dune
Ito the child's mind, which it requires
many years of other education, years of.
instruction in physical knowledge to erad
1 icate. if indeed it ever he eradicated. —
lle. ee viewed in connection with eduea
, tioh our spelling is a great moral failure, j
AO. 5.
Oar pircsrnt Orthor/raphy an Interna
tional failure.
But its faults do not end with (he na-'
! tion that uses it. It .-oreads toother na
tions. A great comuieroiai people like
j the Anglo-Saxon race, wuieh holds Brit-!
uin and th ; i nited States, inu*t be eon-1
'stanrly brought, int > connection with oth-i
er natious. It becomes of the utmost'
sue: tl a in'ernat/iual impurtaoc : that
tiny *:L ..l-i understand each other's lan
guage. This can generally bo effected,
Q 1
on!-, through writing. A system ofspeil
jing, then, w I iie it is so difficult to acquire
jas t!re English, a system which affords no
information whatever to the foreigner as
ito the sound he has to give the wuid.* in
order to be intelligible to English speak
ers cannot but be regarded as a great iu
' teruational failure.
Our orthography is an act ice enemy to
It would be easy t'> show that our or
; thography is an est In tic and philuiogical
failure ; that it prevents us from acquir
ing some uniform standard of pronuncia
tion or from learning the real changes
that have taken place in the course of j
I ag •* during the formation of our language,
that it. tnrows great hindrances in the
way of i ur study of comparative piiiiolo-:
' g'- and the acquisition of I'ireign lan-,
1 gn.iges >v the s./.e of practical interconi
umiieatioii ; but on tiie.-e matters we fur
boar to iw- ii. Tliey must occur to every
j thinking mind. They are borne out by
consl l.it.experience; they are tha thing.*
i that a knit of no doubt.
But; it is necessary to recur to the edu
c itioual c l!-ct- of our present orthogra-
Ipiiv t r they are at once the most im
portant and th". most generally felt. The;
one e icat p . ;ut is, thai with our <prcr<nt,
tj 'ay ii is a rery i'/ny and thpicult |
proe,.-. to learn to read, and a stili long
ler and more diyieult prur si f.i learn to
icrite. Tito e msequeucc is that children'
are forced to waste years over acquiring
the power to use the mere tools where-j
!w ihal to <lig out knowledge. N'uw a
; though it by no means follows that those
who can read and write, aye, read and
write with the greatest ease and eorrect
ucss, are in any respect educated , yet it
'tis quite certain that, those who cau no/a
j read aud write with some degree of facil
; ity are almost entirely uniustructed. The'
i system of instruction at our schools does'
■ j nut admit of education being conducted
; without reading and writing.
In tills country whore every child en
joys the opportui ity of instruction in the,
common schools', the rime which is stilk
■ wasted over the necessary preliminary or
(learning to read, detracts much lrotn the
(education given, because it deprives thei
(teacher of the opportunity to give that
other instruction aud that other training|
■ which constitutes real education, while'
• the very circumstance of having to teach !
: a subject of the nature of our orthography,
(gives the child a false training, a bend iu
1 ! the wrong direetiou, a something to un
learn iu liis very first learning. Thcpro
(cess of instruction iu reading is therefore
' I not merely no assistance Io other teaching,'
but absolutely a detriment. Our orthog
■ raphv is therefore an incubus which all I
■ educators must be desirous of discard! ig (
not merely a passive obstacle t > be over-
L come, bu; an active c-nemy which is per
petually leading the pupil into false paths.
. j The reader may pust.o. v t'uiuk that we
j have held up I.c subject m a ja ? her un-
: avor;ib!e liyht. and exaggerated ;t *oiue- :
what. But all we a*k is a careful and I
impartial examination of the subject and,
we will leave the conclusion to him w .o,
examines. Iri our next we will attempt I
to show the remedy for this dvnlovabie ■:
stvite of tiii:igs. PIU/NO,
for t!i? jl'akif.s'.
f We extract the following from a re-
L c
cent uumber of Mohammed Pacha's Let
ters to the Suit in from New York, which
*OIXO3 satirist is supplying to the N . \. <
Keening Poet: ]
And in the domain of politics Mrs. G.
is watchfully potent. When that im
i practicable and terrible abstract young
man, L. J. Brutus Smith, began to utter
| his unwise Phillipics against the baseness,
! fraud and injustice which seemed to him |
'to he dominant in the fvleral goverrmient
of the United States, the old lady, who
was at that time iu business in South
street, assailed Brutus through the \ i■-
and from the rostrum. She thought he
was attacking the Capitol, and, Ji::e her
prototypes, she began to cackle an anserine
alarm : " (), Brutu*, vou wretched young
dreamer, you icotiucia.it, you enthusiast,
! how dare you shake the pillars iu the
Temple of Liberty?" You are a smart
young chap, and I like to have you make
! sport for me, but don't play Sampson aud
pull dowu the edifice about my ears. I Lav
(dare you stir up sectional strife, and
I threaten the ruin of these states, when
I \'ou know perfectly well that the Union
jis a beautiful balance between duty and ;
i expediency, expressly constructcd to weigh
(out the profits of my trade, and that if
I you carry out your absurd schemes for
Alio advancement of right, as you call it,
my notes will go to pro!est in thirty days.,
j And when the abstract Brutus denies
, tlx-.G be has any desire to dissolve the
Union, and cooly asserts that the Union
i was instituted for the fostering of good,
instead of the perpetuation of evil; that
the constitution was framed, a* its writers
declare, for the promotion of justme, an !
! not as a cunningly devised bargain with
' evil; that wrong, though it date its dyna ty
from the death of- Abel, can never hive
the authority of precedent; that it is far 1
' better that the nation, being an aggregate
! of individuals, should be frugal, and bon
iest, and religious, rather than rich, dis-;
hone.*t and cruel, with much else of the
i same sort, Mrs. G. ceases to cackle and
i commences to hi**. oih uius ! O Smith i
|you are a traitor, an infidel, an atheist, a
pool ; you must not teach my sous, dance,
at my balls, marry my daught"i\s, lecture
; in my lyceums, sit in my legislative halls
, —out with you, you bold, bad man!"
. And a large number of other old ladies b •-
iiievc t these charges, and approved of this
sentence ; and so the enthusiastic B/uttis
Urn ith had to comfort hinisolf as b(-*i lie
: may. Do you think, my lowly Ben ilas
>san, that it was difficult fur him to com-!
;fort himseif under the circumstances ?
But Airs. Grundy is particularly inter
jested in the riatrimouial affairs of young
1 people. In this sphere she generaliy aw
sumes the t/niirine -ex, an ! plays her
i part with feminine skill an 1 persistence. '
j You must know, my dear Ah d, that : n (ae
western continent a man takes but on
wife (of his own) at a tint*?; and that tire!
i selecti m of this one is. evHen !y, a mat- 1
iter of more moment than in our beloved
I Turkey. A young man. tiierefore, is not'
considered capable of making fc r hi:us If 1
' *o important, a choice; for if lie should
] blond; r, the consequences to society w.iu'id
;be n rviffic. IT ncc, when the audabie!
jand ingenuous Lorenzo arrive* at years;
ofdiscrction, society calls u Tea-Table Oon-:
vefftion, and appoints Airs. Grundy a com
mittee of one, with full power, to arrange
his affairs. She accepts the trust with
alacrity. She takes her place in the best:
; pew in the church, and from her command
ing position t>he observes that the eyes of
' Lorenzo occasionally wander towards the
' slip occupied by the lovely and accuin-,
; pushed Jessica. She notes the fact that
j Lorenzo joins Jessica at the church door,
and talks in his usual devoted style aboul
the sevmon and the weather. M rs. Grun
dy smiles complacently, and makes her:
first report to Lac Teu-tubie Convention,;
■ briefly thus :
i " Your committee respectfully beg*'
leave to report as follows :
"Lorenzo is very attentive to Jessica—."
A\ liicli report is adopted, nem. con.
Mrs. G. then goes to the Philharmonic,;
and observes the fact that Lorenzo, quite
! oblivious of Beethoven op.. GOO, converses
with Jessica in a delicious undertone.
She thereupon makes her second report
to the T. 'J'. Convention :
" Your committee would respectfully
reports as follows :
" Lorenzo is over head and ears in love
' with Jessica." Adopted unanimously.
The venerable lady next meets Loren/.r
near Union square, and walks with him
] as far as Twenty-third street, (he in
i forms him, to his great surprise, that be
i.-. engaged to the (air Jessica. She curi-
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TLEHS.--ei.25 PER AIvKLixJ.
gr if.uh.tOj him. He mildly disdain)# the
Lunar, and relates the trite story of the
lXi.-ux cide. who n.ad-' a large fortune by
.■iiiding lis own business. But the ru
mor rather flatters him. He says to him
> ■!;*. •• Lurmzo, my boy, it u.ay be that
v't lave t:-: inated the fair Jessica. Site
: • " 11' * g i ung lady, and you, my
dear . 'limy, -".rf a sadly attractive dog."
1 ir-n His (drundy inec-is Jessica nt the
grand bill of tho Ipecacs, nud tells her
.? she (Jessie i) on tot la ins feelings of
the. m< -t tender ei n meter towards Loren
zo. Jessie-i h carsidenil.lv annoyed at
this, and men ally accuses of
gn it impertinence in spreading such a
rumor. Her woman's pride (which our
prophet wis !-- call- the Devil) is roused.
Next time she meets him siie is conscious
and enibwrassed. md the foolish Lorenzo
attributes her behaviour to a passion for
lam that she is vainly endeavoring to con
ceal. lie begins to believe the tales of
Mrs. Grundy. He builds a huge palace
in the clouds, in which he is to be Sultan,
and Jessie. i sole Sultana. Like a great,
vain, fnl fellow that he i s \ he dreams
and dreiHi.:- until his visions seem verita
ble realities. Then he goes, with calm
.. ce and fluff, ring Imart, to the mansion
of .Jessica's :>e. end oilers himscif to the
daughter of tiie house, >v*lio refuses him
in the kindest and most delightful man
nor p ssible. 1! e retires and solaces him
self with billiards, fat horses and the
opera, and arrives at the conclusion that
Mrs. Grundy is a ully old liar. Mean
time that interesting female makes her
third report to the T. T. Convention.
" Vour committee would report as fol
lows, and won id ask to be di.-eharged :
" Ijor. uzo has been rejected by Jessica.
He is in a desperate state of mind, and I
regret to say is failing into habits of the
most lindane.xv dissipation. Your com
mittee is pained to observe that his clients
or p Actus or customers) are deserting
, him. \Vur committee would suggest the
propriety of discouraging his visits to the
daughters of the convention.''
Bepr.rt adopted, and committee dis
; charged with a vote of thanks.
Oil, amiable and in-othcr-respccts-miffi
i ciently-vise Lorenzo, why did you study
the gossip of Mrs. Grundy, rather than
your own heart and the laws of Jessica's
womanly nature i And O Jessica, inv
[ox-eyed liouri, why did you allow your
self to be piijuod by the interference of
Grundy, and so nip the budding regard
you had for Lorenz , which might have
grown into something large, leafy and
Vuitlul !
boil may deduce from what I have
written, my dear Hen Hassan, that Mrs.
Grundy is a mean, contemptible, unman
!y. uuwomaniv scandal-monger, sc tundrel,
swiudicr and fool ; that she emasculates
the politics of the Americans, cramps
their religion, saps their social life, es
tranges friends, deceives lovers, invades
privacies, cru>h. . hopes, blights prospect's,
0 lunds sen ibilitmsj tint her tongue is
1 lisonous as tiic serpents of the Nile, and
: hat m • is only wo thy of f anishuicnt to
that unm utinaabic locality where, as the
h iok signiiicatit v says, " there arc tio
But you must not judge thus hastily
of iJe- V"'i rtfl'.u iadv. Him is a power
•i■ s iastitt: iju—in tiiis land of the free.
•• ,icn t; . i don key reigns," says the
iY i-c Man, ' June i L. .ore him," and there
'!' re if yoi; ver visit New York, mv pre
. md nig., i you must bow befqro
Mrs. Grundy cultivate her favor—bask
Mi i.-T •stxilis. Sue is a uew avatar-—an
•at .on of the great Deity, Public
•' ■: uiion—uer lu.igs omit the vnr populi.
Warship Mrs. Grundy. Ever thine,
pAjr* A correspondent of the Boston
Courier tells how i >ani i Webster offered
. himself to the woman of his choice :
" Mr. Webster married the woman he
loved, and the twenty years which he liv
: cd witn her brought him to the meridian
of his gieatoess. An anecdote iscurreut
on tlii.-i subject, which is not recorded ia
the books. Mr. Webster was becoming
in'hi..r c with Miss Grace Fletcher, when
the skein of silk getting in a knot, Mr.
Webster a-.J L din unraveling the snarl
, —then looking up .o .diss Gr.tce, lie said
• '\Yc have untied a knot; don't you think
we cmtld tie one?' Grace was a little
; en barn.sscd, su: 1 not a word, bat in the
i course of a few minutes she tied u knot
in a piece of tape and handed it to Mr.
: \\. 1 his piece of tape, the thread of his
domestic joys, was found alter the death
of Mr. \\ cbster. preserved as one of his
most precious relics."
fA Lady'p pocket was picked in Oin
ioi..nuti in u. very ndruit and scientific aian
lcr. The iadv had. in buying something.
taken out a well-lined pocket-Look; a fctyl
: L mug man saw her ami the pocket-book,
and vrh - i the lady stopped next to examine
?OuiO e iiblefi, be dropped a dim® in front of
, her. t>he though it came from lx-r purge,
stooped over to pick it up, and in so doing
the pool t in her dress opened wide enough
: for the fallow to ius< rt bis hand ami abstract
the pocket-book, lief, re the spectators of
this piece of u nda city recovered fro;® their sur
pri-the thief was gon<.

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