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charge, details of her husbands refusing $50 bills,
his resisting her entreaties to take them (�for I�m sure we
wanted it, bad enough!� said the poor woman)  furthermore
stating that the Tribune reporter had been bribed by Pat-
tens adversaries.     Of course one took it al quietly.    She
has been eloquent ever since on the subject, to Pierce, to all
the women, to Mrs Potter.   Equally of course she has � not
converted, because our landlady naturally ranged herself on
the side of her boarder � but made a partisan of her.      It is
edifying and delightful to see Mrs Potter in that capacity.
When Mrs Patten laments her hippopotamus�s honesty
in not taking bribes � seeing he�s got no good by it � �this
charge trumped up &c� � Mrs Potter declares, Yes, he
has the satisfaction of a good Conscience!   This is her usual,
perhaps not unnatural r�le towards persons whom �tis her
interest to keep in with.  She is a thousandfold more severe
on Cahill � a comparatively much younger sinner than Bob
Gun, who she declares is quite a gentleman and very po-
lite, because forsooth he used to give her his money in one
envelope, not in an indecent naked $5 bill.           (He had
lots of bundles of envelopes, and wanted to sell �em � so he
could well spare one a week to do the polite.)   Then
he used to say �fine morning, Mrs Potter!�or �I think
we shall have room &c� and such common-place civility-
formula, which all common place, ignorant women think
the height of breeding and gentlemanlyness.  She affects to
regard him as a young man who is �led away� who might
be converted &c, while poor Cahill is an irredeemable
miscreant � utterly without principle.   Now Gun�s superior               
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