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tion or prospect, yet with some contradiction
he spoke of an intention he had formed of tel-
ling Matty he loved her in the proposed summer
trip which was to include all of us.    He kept
a flower she gave him for a long time and spoke of
its destruction as a bit of heroism on his part.   He
has a little bit of a note of her writing, of which
he showed me the signature �Mattie Edwards� in an
odd, little, neat upright hand.     She, through Nast,
sent him a message to the effect that he was �real
mean� for keeping away, which evidently gratified him.
His abstinence is however half-compulsory.   Mrs
Edwards heard of his getting drunk and dissipa-
tions, besides which Fanny Fern visiting her, said her
say about Cahill, wherefore he owes her no love.
Mrs E. asked Parton and Haney, the latter of
whom made what defence he could for the fellow,
urging that shutting him out of this one good house-
hold might only accelerate him downwards, while
still permitting his visits might help to reform him.
A weak but kindly argument, to which the mother of
innocent daughters responded as became her. (Haney
once, by the bye, says Cahill, talked of introducing
Arnold to the house, which information gave me some
thing like a shock.    Arnold is good-looking, eminently
social and �� I fear, unscrupulous.)     Since then,
Cahill, partly moved by deserved distrust of his
reception, partly for lack of good clothes, has been               
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