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	    And his Good nature.
freshets, against which all fences seem useless
in protecting the adjacent fields.   Crossing to an
umbrageous island, upon a huge beam, the remains
of an abortive bridge, as Tew and I were strolling
through it, George having lingered in the rear, we
came upon a young barelegged varlet, who had been
busy despoiling the butternut trees of their yet un-
ripe fruit and he, impeaching his confederates, took
to his heels and the stream.      There was quite a
knot of small pilferers, who had amassed several
bushels of the woodland dainties.   Tew administered
a sharp rebuke to the elder of the offenders, but
was as kind as gently-disposed towards the chil-
dren as any Joe Gargery could have been.  Finally
they left their plunder and departed.  For two years
the same crop had suffered by similar hands.     We
returned to dine upon one of our pike, to chat and
to doze.    At dinner Harry Tew looked in, bringing
with him Mrs. Hewitt, whose pretty face and
curls framed by a summer straw bonnet, was
more than charming � in her Sunday dress she
appeared a real rustic beauty.     He was squiring
her to chapel.   At 5 George harnessed up and
we went to Conworth�s, in the wake of Martin and
his family, so that there was a numerous assemblage
at the house upon the hill.   The pretty housekeeper
(who wore innocent white gaiter boots with tips of gla-               
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