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His master finding him so intractable, gave up the case as hopeless. When his second term of imprisonment expired, he was discharged, and no one attempted to molest him. He earned a comfortable living, and looked happy and respectable; but his personal appearance was not improved by leaving his beard unshaved. One day, when Friend Hopper met him in the street, he said, ‘Jim, why dost thou wear that long beard? It looks very ugly.’

‘I suppose it does,’ he replied, ‘but I wear it as a memorial of the Lord's goodness in setting me free; for it was Him that done it.’

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