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PHILADELPHIA : THE LEONARD SCOTT PUBLICATION ('O.,

1104 WALNUT STREET.

1885.

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At the period when the follow- a few fields for the cows, and an ing incidents occurred I was living excellent walled garden. The with my father at The Grove, à place is being pulled down at this large old house in the immediate moment to make room for more neighbourhood of a little town. streets of mean little houses, the This had been his home for a num- kind of thing, and not a dull ber of years ; and I believe I was house of faded gentry, which perborn in it. It was a kind of house haps the neighbourhood requires. which, notwithstanding all the red The house was dull, and so were and white architecture, known at we, its last inhabitants; and the present by the name of Queen furniture was faded,

even Anne, builders nowadays have little dingy,-nothing to brag of. forgotten how to build. It was I do not, however, intend to constraggling and irregular, with wide vey a suggestion that we were passages, wide staircases, broad faded gentry, for that was not the landings; the rooms large but not case. My father, indeed, was rich, very lofty; the arrangements leav- and had no need to spare any exing much to be desired, with no pense in making his life and his economy of space; a house be- house bright if he pleased ; but he longing to a period when land was did not please, and I had not been cheap, and, so far as that was con- long enough at home to exercise cerned, there was no occasion to any special influence of my own. economise. Though it was so It was the only home I had ever near the town, the clump of trees known; but except in my earliest in which it was environed was a childhood, and in my holidays as veritable grove.

In the grounds a schoolboy, I had in reality in spring the primroses grew as known but little of it. My mother thickly as in the forest. We had had died at my birth, or shortly

VOL, CXXXVII.NO. DCCCXXXI.

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