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s. There has been something quite dramatic in the skill with which the puzzle has been kept alive by the appearance of imaginary claimants — if imaginary they be — to the honor of this authorship: now a maiden lady in the interior of New York; now a modest young girl whose only voucher, Celia Burleigh, died without revealing her name. I do not know whether any of these claimants took the pains to write out whole stories in manuscript,--as an Irish pretender copied out whole chapters of Miss Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent, with corrections and erasures, --but it is well known that the editors of Scribner's Monthly were approached by some one who professed to have dropped the Saxe Holm stories in the street, and demanded that they should be restored to him. He was suppressed by the simple expedient of inviting him to bring in some specimens of his own poetry, that it might be compared with that of Draxy Miller; but the modest young girls and the apocryphal rural contributors were less ea