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	       Odious Suspicions.
of her.    But I could not but remember that he
has frequently spoken of his lost wife as much
in connection with her usefulness, as a mistress
of a house, as of a loving, self-sacrificing woman.
Talking of her I said that I hated to think of
the poor girl�s life � it appeared one d____d mar-
tyrdom.     George said they were very happy together
during their marriage.       I hope so.     But with his
taciturnity and Bolton selfishness, if that poor
Sarah ever had an healthy inhalation of unreserved
affection � well, God forgive all of us!     When she
died, George suspected the people in the house of im-
proving the opportunity by prying into and stealing
from her closets and drawers!   He has a wholesome impres-
sion that all people are mean, and that most of
them will thieve!   He cautioned me about the con-
tents of my trunk, saying he didn�t
know but that the father of his little housekeeper
would tell her to pilfer; as far as I can discover
a wholly gratuitous suspicion.  She is one of a
family of five girls, of Scotch birth; her father,
a widower, keeps a turnpike, near Paris, plays on
fiddles of his own making, and the girls work hard
and knit of evenings, while one of them reads aloud
some story.    They, in common with the vicinity, were
greatly exercised by Wilkie Collins� �Woman in White,�
republished in the Toronto �Globe.�   The turnpike-               
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