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	    George�s Parsimony.
though he came to Canada when a boy; he has
200 and odd acres at an easy rent from his father,
who is a clergyman.    An opinionative, hearty fellow,
loving to talk, friendly and very hospitable.        This
was exhibited in a hundred little things, the absence
of which constitutes the want of it, to my thinking,
at George�s.     To wit, on the morrow we had eggs,
rashers of ham, pickles and condiments for breakfast;
at my host�s, boiled and decidedly fat bacon is
the rule, to be varied only on suggestion, and eggs
mightn�t have appeared even twice, but for William
Conworth.          I should be disposed to attribute
this parsimony merely to habit and indifference to any-
thing but coarse fare, did I not observe that George
appreciates good living at other houses.  (A reflection
I remember hearing mad, respecting his family,
by my mother, twenty years ago.)   Unquestionably
training has a good deal to do with it � antecedents
are never totally ignored.    There�s another palliative
� the girl Bella can�t cook anything beyond the
plainest dishes.  I notice, however, that this serves
rather for an excuse for a matters, than as a stimu-
lant to the procuring such innocent indulgences as
a little trouble (no expenditure being needed) would
obtain.         I chronicle these things principally as a
quarry; they will admirably fit a character in �P.
G.�            George scratches himself a good deal of               
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