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Text for Page 073 [07-20-1861]

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	    Bella, the Housekeeper.
man �gets up clubs� of subscribers to this news-
paper, and subscribes himself to the Paris �Star,� a
little sheet; �because he likes to know the news of
the village.�     George don�t.  He pronounces Coul-
ter �a mean man,� and thinks Bella is �too near�
her home, and �not worth� the $3 a month he
pays her, inclusive of board!      She rises at 5, in
common with the rest of the family, does all the
cooking, breadmaking, washing, and household
work of all kinds, obtaining only monosyllabic
recognition from George, but some chances of talk
with William Conworth.   She is puritanic and
anti-Roman Catholic, fond of music, wouldn�t go
to a circus, has never seen a theatre, likes music,
dresses herself neatly when her household work is
done, and since her arrival in this country, 
at the age of eight, has hardly been a couple of
miles from home.     On the afternoon of my arri-
val at George�s, she had some of her younger
sisters to visit her and perceiving them in the gar-
den gathering currants (of which there are more
than enough), George commented unpleasantly
upon it.       Subsequently, in the evening, when I was
arduously endeavoring to institute a similitude
of conversation by inquiries about things, currants
were spoken of.    I asked if they had many.  �Plenty,
if the girls haven�t eat �em all!� he said.        Their               
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