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	A Walk about Tew�s Farm.
	             September.
  1.  Sunday.   Writing until the afternoon, then a
walk with William Tew about the wilder and wood-
ier portion of his farm.     Of the hundred and odd
acres of which it consists, not more than fifty are cul-
tivated, the rest being mainly unfenced forest-land.
As he does not own the farm, he won�t invest more
labor or money in it than suffices for temporary pur-
poses � hardly that, in some instances, I fancy.     We
coasted the pretty creek, to a large dilapidated saw-
mill, with ruined houses, shade and shanties near
it; a place called �Putt�s-town� by Tew; from its
founder, a disreputable Yankee who �lived with a wo-
man as wasn�t his wife and that sort of nonsense,�
involving Mormonic privileges with her two daughters.
He died at the place a year or more ago.        This con-
stituted the boundary of Tew�s farm.    We talked
with a sturdy square-built man, a carpenter or barn
builder, who drove up to his roadside house, in com-
pany with a comely daughter, dressed in the prevalent
Canadian fashion � round hat and hair in net, and
who was occasionally visible in the back ground of
house and bushes.       I noticed on this, as on other oc-
casions, the folk address one another by their Christian
names.     Returning to the house, stayed in doors during
the rest of the day.           The Canada girls generally
seem to get themselves up nicely for out of doors.   I               
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