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and of him we observed Parton hurry by in a
carriage, with another, as it proved or a clergyman.
Arrived at Hampden Street and observing no vehicles at
the door, we not wishing to appear too soon, took a turn
or so about adjacent streets meeting by the way Scranton,
who, I think, is a relative of the Thomson family.
He requested Haney to caution friends to avoid condoling
with Mort, even by a word, intimating that he thought
if not spoken to he might go through with the solemnity,
but otherwise, would break down.   The poor fellow, it
seemed, was dreadfully cut up.  Said Scranton, �He put
his arms round my neck and cried for half an hour, when
I came.�    Scranton leaving us, we, some fifteen minu-
tes afterwards, went to the house.  We found Parton &
two or three men in the passage; and a good many wo-
men in the parlor, in the centre of which was the coffin
where lay the poor girl whom I had last seen there
in comparative health and beauty.    The upper portion
of the lid was removed, as usual, and flowers covered
the rest � Fanny Fern�s work.       She was there with
Grace and Ella.   I also fancied that I detected the
features of Allie � Eytinge, if not Josey, and was
right in both particulars.    Everybody kept silence, the
only subdued sounds proceeding from the arrival of other
visitors, or some persons going up or coming down stairs.
Of the men I knew, there appeared Underhill, Ottarson,
Mc Lenan, Gaylor and little Nast.   Cahill came
from above, once or twice, where Mort and his mother               
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