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Close of the year.

--To-night we bid good bye to 1861, the most eventful year of the present century. Many good fellows, who take semi-occasional drinks, have a habit of "swearing off" at the commencement of the new year, and we have in our mind's eye a few notable instances in which the resolution has been rigidly kept. The jovialities of new year's eve, hoewver, more frequently initiate another prolonged frolic, and we can't avoid a word of caution in this respect. The times are such as to demand the serious and sober contemplation of every individual.

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