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Text for Page 145 [08-29-1861]

	        An Island Pic-nic.
Puckeridge seemed a good sort of fellow enough, and
had been as much used-up by the fatigues of the
journey as I was three years ago.      He went off
with John Tew after a halt and �wet� at the ever-
hospitable William�s.
  30.  Friday.   I took a walk and my shoepacs to
Harry Hough�s, the shoe maker�s, at Bensville,
and, returning, missed my road and went about
two miles out of it.     In the evening with W. Tew
to John Conworth�s, where we had tea and talk-
ed over a projected �berrying,� or pic-nic on the is-
land, resolving on the latter for the morrow.
  31.  Saturday.   Preparations in the way of tackle,
rods &c.    News of the death of the wife of a brother
of Joseph Martin, inciting distrust whether the hard-
to-be-persuaded John Conworth might not therefore,
conceive the pic-nic dissolved.      Getting poles in a
little wood, and filling pockets with hazel-nuts.
Returning, found the pretty housekeeper in her huge
round straw hat, like the Wife of Bath�s:
	�Brode as a buckler or as a targe�
and, with her brown eyes, dark hair in curls and ripe,
innocentish face, looking more like one of Kenny Mea-
dows� beauties than ever.   John couldn�t come, as an-
ticipated; Joseph Martin had sent for him.         Off in
great array to the island; Mrs. Tew, Mrs. Hewitt,
four of the children (all but the youngest, �Johnny�),               
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