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her locks being several shades lighter than
the unpopular hue and silky.     A brisk ener-
getic, shrewdish, approbative woman, her own
best servant, looks as if she had seen trouble
and met it bravely.   Uses California vulgarisms
in speech.     Has a son known as Alfred, a
rather heavyish wilful looking fellow of perhaps
one and twenty, who apparently does nothing for
his living, comes home nocturnally at all sorts
of hours, and sometimes lies in bed, in my
old room, till 2 P. M.     Saving bed the cham-
ber is quite bare of furniture.        The adjoining
back attic is tenanted by a tallish, thin, friendly
not over shrewd looking young Bostonian; a 
clerk of some sort in, I think the �commission�
business.   His name is Cutler and he it was
who used to do the staircase window tete a tetes
with Anna Bradbury.   I fancy he�s a good fellow
enough.         Front attic, next to my room contains
two occupants, feminine; one a widow, thin, mea-
gre featured and generally very much in the style
of the Autocrats �angular female in black bomba-
zine�, altogether unpromising of aspect � you meet
the kind of woman everywhere in America, and
they might change minds or souls without anybody
finding it out, as Dickens says of the same
character.     The other may, I suppose be con-
sidered the belle of the house.   A round-faced               
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