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Spite of the troublesome eyes, and the various “pribbles and prabbles,” she was in those days editor-in-chief of “The Listener,” a “Weekly publication.” Julia Romana was sub-editor, and furnished most of the material, stories, plays, and poems pouring with astonishing ease from her ten-year-old pen; but there was an Editor's Table, sometimes dictated by the chief editor, often written in her own hand. The first number of “The Listener” appeared in October, 1854. The sub-editor avows frankly that “The first number of our little paper will not be very interesting, as we have not had time to give notice to those who we expect to write for it.” This is followed by “Select poetry, Mrs. Howe” ; “The lost suitor” (to be continued), and “Seaside thoughts.” The “Editor's table” reads:-- “ It is often said that Listeners hear no good of themselves, and it often proves to be true. But we shall hope to hear, at least, no harm of our modest little paper. We intend to listen only to good things, and not to have ears for any unkind words about ourselves or others. Little people of our age are expected to listen to those who are older, having so many things to learn. We will promise, too, to listen as much as we ”
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