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Text for Page 164 [09-10-1861]

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	       A Sanitary Family.
was announced by the tolling of a large and dis-
mal bell, placed in a frame, at the top of a stout
post.     The meal took place in the kitchen, as be-
fore; at it there was present the whole of the fa-
mily except Mrs. Bowman, who had not been intro-
duced to us, neither had the daughters.       In honor
of our arrival these girls had put on shoes and
stockings and confined their flowing locks, the old
man had donned a wig (which rather unsettled his
identity) and also dressed his lower extremities.
There appeared, too, a cousin, Isaac Bowman, a
fleshy, dark-bearded,                      man of thirty
six and upwards, a schoolteacher.    As I learnt
subsequently,           he was a great �temperance�
advocate, hadn�t �tasted, touched or handled� for
ever so many years.     Indeed the family was un-
comfortably reformatory in divers ways, as I found
plentiful occasion to observe.      When I had a
pipe after supper, my preliminary inquiry as to its
admissibility, produced the avowal that thought Mr
B. had been a smoker in past years, and though
visitors were freely welcome to the indulgence, the
family generally had pledged themselves to absti-
nence from the �flagrant weed.�      This intimation
came from Bowman junior, as I sat in company
with him, cousin Isaac and John Conworth 
               in the big room looking out of the wide-               
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