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the fever she would go to breeding, real smart�!       He pro-
jects sending her to Lake Winnipissogee for the summer,
and asks my opinion a to the advisability of getting a divorce
for her, from her husband on the grounds of �five years
desertion.�  He has �consulted with a lawyer about it,� who
recommends him �to make a mistake and call it three �
it is not quite there!�   A fine project truly! � of course
so obtained it would be illegal.      Will has taken a room
in Ballou�s new building, at $100 per year. �As he found it
impossible (!) to pay his share of our present room, a little
more than half that sum, it�s rather a wise proceeding.� Here�s
the rest of Will, condensed from Alf�s letter.    Worked a
little harder of late, board and everything in arrears, not given
up loafing, �wastes his time on a little-bread-and-butter-
very-silly-important-fresh-colored-short-child in curls, to
whom others consider him engaged.  She looks as if she ought
to be spanked for not minding her lessons,� is sixteen, looks
thirteen, the daughter of his landlady, he �suffers her to be
affectionate, condescends to do a little himself,� is �made com-
fortable at the house where they think he�d be quite a catch.�
Alf �had the greatest difficulty in getting some money out of Will
to make a remittance home to his mother.     He�d �much prefer
spending it in billiards, would be indignant if told so � never
knew any one that had cooler and indifference to all onus or res-
ponsibility � hope it�s nothing but want of thought � though it
looks rather like heartlessness.�      Damoreau is �astonished that
his gentlemanly address don�t bring him the prosperity he thinks
he deserves, finds it as hard to keep a customer as he used
to to retain a sweetheart,� and �his head is remarkable               
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