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[114] being banished at last in disgrace, to make room for Rosa.

Am I not the most unfortunate of human beings? Devil a bit! I enjoy all that I can — have I not milk for the baby, and the baby for milk? Cannot Julia make arrowroot pudding and cold custard? Can I not refresh myself by looking into Romana's sapphire eyes, with their deep dark fringe? Is there no balm in Gilead, is there no physician there? Yea, thou, oh Bradford, art the balm, thou, oh Fisher, art the physician! Food also is there for cachinnation, that chief duty of man Quoth Chev this morning, lifting up his feeble voice and shaking his dizzy head: “Oh, oh, if I had fallen sick in New York, and old Francis had bled me, you would not have seen me again. ....”

Florence's name is Florence Marion — pretty, n'est-ce pas? ...

Farewell, my own darling. Your Jules.

Well, life am strange! I am again cookless. I imprudently turned old Smith off and took a young girl, who left me in four days. Why? Her lover would not allow her to stay in a family where she did not sit at table with the lady. I had read of such things in Mrs. Trollope, and thought them quite impossible. In the place from which I took her, she had done all the cooking, washing and chamber work of the housewas, in fine the only servant, for the compensation of six dollars a month. But then, she sat at table!!! oh, ho!

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