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MANCHESTER JOHN HEYWOOD PRINTER BY SI SAM POWER 143 DEANHGATE

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V. The Days.........

VI. The Farewell Feast

VII. William Lister's New Acquaintances

VIII. Susan

IX. Frank's Resolve

X. Christmas......

XI. Robert Turner...

XII. Frank's Birthday Party...

XIII. William Lister's News

XIV. Sorrow and Joy

XV. Mary's Decision...

XVI. Little Allie's Last Ride...............

XVII. Time's Changes

XVIII. Nelly ........

XIX. Home Pleasures

XX. Working while it is Day

XXI. More Changes at Fairfield

XXII. The Valley of the Shadow of Death ......

XXIII, Supplementary

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CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTORY

Come time, and teach me, many years,

I do not suffer in a dream ;

For now so strange do these things seem,
Mine eyes have leisure for their tears.

TENNYSON.

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T was in the spring of eighteen hundred and thirty

that I first saw Mary Lister. To that time I look back with fondest remembrance, for such was my happy lot that a warm and lasting friendship was formed between us. Our meeting was casual, at a social gathering for a philanthropic object, in which we had each agreed to take a part at the request of its promoters. But the result of that introduction to each other has been fraught with such great benefits, at least to myself, that I cannot look back to it without thanking Providence for making it a link in the chain of events that have formed the simple annals of my life since then. For to know Mary Lister, and to know her intimately, was to love her for ever. To be blessed with her friendship was to become possessed of a treasure of rarest value, of which no earthly changes

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