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Text for Page 016 [11-23-1858]

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to Haney, warned Mrs P. against them, thinking
they might design boarding with them.     By the word
swindling I mean they owe that amount to their un-
lucky entertainer.     Clapp is the ugliest man I ever
saw in my life, his countenance almost justifies his
nature.   He is small and spare in stature, has nothing
particular in the way of nose, eyes which glance at you
with a sort of stare, and a copious beard.       Haney
and Cahill say his voice is agreable.   I dissent.  Latter�s
testimony is worth nothing, as he is weak and, also, by
his pecuniary position and antecedents committed to
the Clapp and O�Brien code of morals.       Then, too, Cahill�s
judgment about Intellect, literature &c isn�t worth
a straw.         Clapps tremendous assumption goes down
with him.         It�s a very common thing when a man is
uniformly hideous � Nature being sternly consistent in
her work � to find out some detail to eulogise in him.
The beauty of an ugly womans hand, bust &c will be
descanted on by her would-be toadies.         Honestly I
don�t think Clapp�s voice agreable.       He has sense
and shrewdness, and I think did not one�s inner
instinct rise in judgment against him, might be, by
some considered a pleasant companion.    He affects
me just as I fancy some of the Jacobins of the first
French Revolution would have done.    I find no mo-
desty, no kindness, no humanity in him.        He took
in Haney by his unparalled assumption, mixed with
his certain amount of real ability.    Haney is, at               
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