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[273] by a family with whom she has dealt already, and whose peculiar tastes she knows. They will unfold to her their needs and exigencies-so many uncles and aunts, so many deserving relatives at a distance, so many children of different ages. Something will readily occur to her for each : have the household seen those lovely new things, so cheap, in Fayal goods? those pretty boxes of colored crayons for little girls? One of her great functions will lie in the simple answering of questions; the information that would otherwise involve the ascending and descending of a dozen elevators in warehouses is here obtained by simple cross-examination in five minutes. Supposing that you take absolutely nothing that she brings or recommends, the mere suggestions she offers are worth the fee you pay. Simply to hear from her what you can not find this year, or what project will be utterly impracticable-this will be a great deal.

To know what she had not to trust to
Was worth all the ashes and dust too.

I cannot doubt that, some time or other, the proper agents for Santa Claus will be found; and if their sphere ultimately extends also to weddings and birthdays, no matter. It is idle to say that their services will destroy all individuality in prescnts;

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