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	 Bill Tew and his Family.
ven on the upper lip.   He has a dark-haired
pleasant, hospitable, English wife, and four or five
children; the eldest girl a quiet sunny-cheeked
Mary Jane; the eldest boy a brown-faced lad, who
being struck by another, his superior in size and strength,
when at the circus, returned the blow with such ef-
fect as to make the claret fly; upon which both young
heroes sate peacefully side by side; neither of them
having cried out or appealed for assistance.    The fa-
ther saw this, and related it to me, and from it, I
infer that the lad will be worthy of his parentage.
For I do not believe that Shakspeare�s century ever
produced a more manly, kinder or healthier-natured
fellow than my present host.     He was born at Bar-
ford, near to the old town of Warwick, and when
a mere lad, of sporting proclivities.      Henry had told
me how he had nearly got into a scrape about poach-
ing; the which no English countryman ever did, or
ever will, consider a criminality.   �He will strike,�
but not quickly, on occasion � for like most men
of true courage he is wary of entrance into quar-
rel, but being in, bears himself so that his adversary
bewares of him in future.     He has a deliberate, 
quiet, earnest way with him, suggestive of great
consideration and kindness, especially to children; and
his midland English speech sounds manly and plea-
sant to my ear.     When Orville (nicknamed Awful)               
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