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XLI. A woman's enterprise.

I had a call the other day from a lady below middle-age who wished to consult me about some business arrangements that had become necessary for her. Instead of having become entangled in financial difficulties — which is, I am sorry to say, the condition of most of those of her sex who come to me for such consultations-she was embarrassed by too much success. She was, it appeared, a married woman from some interior town in New England, who had inherited from her father several pieces of property, a small woollen mill being among them. The property included another mill of a different kind, and of this her husband took charge; and they were at first inclined to sell the woollen mill. It proved, however, to be an unfavorable time for this; and while the matter was pending, she took the entire charge of the mill and carried it on. Becoming interested in it, she made improvements and tried experiments, the result of which was that she had now made blankets of such a quality that she had been offered contracts which would keep

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