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Text for Page 047 [08-26-1856]

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thickets, and over the stones in the bed of the
stream.    Sometimes extemporizing a bridge with
planks and stones, sometimes Haney and Jack
taking off shoes and socks to wade and lift
the girls over.       The little falls and cascades
all swollen by the recent freshet.        All these
girls are good humored, none particularly intellectual
or pretty � yet they are good, kind, excellent persons.
For beauty, however, I must make exceptions
in favor of the younger ones.     Matty is certainly
plump and pretty, and Sally pleasant looking.
But Eliza, with her thick fair hair, worn back
from her good frank forehead, and confined only
by a circular comb, not being gathered or restrained
by aught else; her [word crossed out] full grey eyes, her fine
clear cut features and fair complexion, her little 
wilful, frank ways, her pluck and fearlessness
� I loved to look at the girl.   She is not yet
old enough to have any of the little sentimentalisms
and pretty half affectations incendantal to the change
from girlhood to womanhood, cares for no one�s
likings or dislikings, and is apt to be rude to her
favorites � of whom Haney is one, (I envy him) �
and is in everything a frank, free-spirited hand-
some girl.                I have never known any Ameri-
can children I can like.   These English born
ones are as superior in blood, breed and nature
as white is to black.                All pic-nicked at               
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