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touched innocence and purity.      How Josey behaved,
if she came, this deponent knoweth not.     Sol wouldn�t
come to the funeral � �he couldn�t bear to be present� said
Allie.   I know his sensitiveness to such matters, half
feeling, half selfishness.                       We reached Green-
wood in due time, and the coffin was enclosed in a
rough shell at the portal of the receiving place, most of
us standing round while this was effected.    Mort must
�buy a lot,� pending choice of which, the body remains here.
A row of compartments, like berths in a shop, only
placed transversely on either side of a widish passage,
not underground, though, I think, unlit.     Seeing the
coffin deposited we all passed out, Mort putting his
hand out of the carriage to shake Fanny�s, as we pas-
sed to ours.     Off we bowled again, through the sun-
ny, chill afternoon.    It seemed cruel, to leave the poor
dead girl, all alone there, in that channel house, though
I liked to think of the trees and sunlight round about
it.     Apropos of the baby, it is a boy, a fine, thriving
healthy one.   Mort has not seen it � will not.  When
Fanny spoke of it as an inducement for him to rally and
live �� ah!  how characteristic of a woman to think that
argument unanswerable! � he said it had cost him too 
much.        In fact, only the mothers love new born babes;
with the father it is an after feeling, one that comes of
culture, civilization.    To him its a strange little creature,
one that he may be proud of, but don�t understand.  I
recollect getting a bit of insight into this from Alf Waud,               
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