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Text for Page 086 [07-25-1861]

	   A rustic Grave-Yard.
  25.  Thursday.   Went with Henry Tew (whom
I like) to visit the little grave-yard.   It compri-
ses half an acre of land, neatly fenced-in,
but left in its natural, rough condition, with
bushes and trees, wild flowers and long grass,
shading its few graves.      Some few plain stones
of white marble, and one neat little obelisk of
that material, are there, amid the greenery.    A
mound, with a little one on either side, marks the
burial place of poor Sarah Conworth and her dead
babes; another that of her father.      The old man�s
grave needs turfing; but grass has already begun
to spring over the dead girl.       It�s a peaceful,
simple place; Death doesn�t look at all ugly or
forbidding there.   From the house to the graveyard
is but a very little distance.            Sarah was buried
on a wet June afternoon, many mourners atten-
ding.         About this simple burial-place young
�Ted� had the beastliness to remark that it was
a pity that his old father had been buried there,
as John might want to plough it up some day!
There may be less than a score of persons interred
there.   �Ted�s� conduct about the pine coffin has de-
servedly set all his kinsfolk against him.        He told
Mrs. Martin that he knew John�s mind on the
subject � a lie.      I had these particulars from Hen-
rey Tew; who yet spake considerately about the boy.               
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