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			      October.
  1.  Friday.  Witnessing pig-killing and the subsequent opera-
tions.  Loafing generally.   Mr Conworth returned at night.
Saw more of the Tews and other folk.    Agriculture in Cana-
da is now under a bit of a cloud, in consequence of last winter�s
financial crisis.    Before then everything was couleur de rose,
prices high, farmers building themselves fine houses, land sel-
ling at perhaps double its present rates.        Money here will fetch
exhorbitant rates of interest, many farms are deeply mortgaged
and oftentimes the lender steps into possession, while the imprudent
farmer clears out for the West � that universal transatlantic
resort for all hard-up people.   Wheat is the principal product 
being the only grain which brings hard cash.  Paris has its flour
mills.       It got its name, not as one naturally conjectures from
original French settlers, but from its plaster of Paris,^|in| of which
article the vicinity abouts.      The land is well tilled generally,
no tree-stumps defacing the fields now brightly green with the
newly-planted wheat.      They grow Indian corn, but only for domes-
tic uses.     They live easily, plentifully, not very roughly, nor do
they work hard.       Now it�s quite leisure time.    Winter brings
plenty of snow and sleighing, �logging� in the woods and blazing
fires in doors.        This Conworth family is one of the kindest,
honestest, pleasantest.  O, the superiority of an English home
to an American one.       I am already dreading the time when
my holiday will be over and I back in my New York board-
ing-house again.
  2.  Saturday.  To Martins with George. (Mr M. had
brought my baggage from Paris yesterday, per wagon.)  Then               
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