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Text for Page 117 [07-22-1855]

able among my fellow cabin-chums are as follows.    A thin-tallish
Jersey-born American, returning from nearly a years stay in England,
having gone thither in some project, (appertaining either to mining of or
patent medecine, with both of which he appears familiar.     He has lived
in Mexico, (where he has a brother located,) tells how he and some three
others had, becoming cognizant of the existence of gold in California
ere the great discovery, sent a man exploring thither, who fearing to pene-
trate into the interior, chilled their proposed enterprise, and prevented
the formation of a �company.�    He has lived at the �diggings�, and
knows the detail of life there, owned land, sold it, travelled hither
and thither, and is altogether, a shrewd, hard, keen, conversable, self-
reliant and dyspeptic individual, � his name Halsey.               Above him,
in cabin berth, couches Stansfield, a tall, sturdy, short bearded, manly
-looking Yorkshireman; blunt in speech and possessing bold common
sense and education, knows much of Manchester, and is a good
type of a sort of Englishman one can by no means undervalue � the
man of the North.  (They have their localism of character, but to my
thinking �tis less objectionable than that of the thorough Londoner.)    He
has lived, and roughed it in Canada some years ago, and now returns
to Port Burwell on the northern shore of Lake Erie, where his mother and sister 
some land, with intent to abide there.     He may be midway twixt thirty
and forty, probably nearer the former, wears a white �wide awake� hat,
a rough blue coat, and in foul weather, an outer casing and leggings of
oilskin.           A fattish-bodied man, with unmistakeably English counte-
nance, who owns a tavern in Canada, not far from young Conworth�s
destination; and who is so sick as not yet to have quitted the cabin.
He halts slightly in his deliberate speech, seems sensible, and is hight               
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