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Text for Page 021 [06-13-1860]

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	   Little Maguire�s stories
more than ordinarily obtuse not to have done
so.)    He was �very angry� at the idea of her
calling there.         He was a �strange� man, a
�mysterious man,� but a �perfect gentleman,� and
had been �very kind� to her.        Did he make
love to her?    I asked, when she laughed and
replied, as before, that he �talked nonsense.�  He
had written a farewell letter to her, stating he
might never see her again: she would show it to
me next time I called.            All this conversa-
tion occurred in a subdued tone, she sitting
beside me on a sofa; while Billington was tal-
king to Miss Waite, opposite; a third visitor,
a man, being present.        I should have learnt
a good deal more, had we been alone.         Evi-
dently Ledger had been playing amateur de-
tective at a great rate, and had he found
little Maguire other than she is, might have
attempted worse business � to do him justice,
however, I think the knowledge that she was
an honest girl would be sufficient to make
him respect her chastity.      I can�t think him
at all a wily detective; he talked so freely
to every body that hardly a person who knew
him but has broached an opinion as to his cal-
ling.      When he drank to excess, as he often did,
he told stories of his doings which afforded the               
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