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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
But to be a little more particular. Capt. Wideopen's house stands on a broad street, that runs for a mile in length through the village of Decay. It is an old farm-house, one story high, with its gable end to the street. In front of the house is the wood-pile, spread out so as to cover a rood of ground. As you pass by, the barn, cow-house, and yard, with its deep mo­rass of manure in high flavor, salute the eye and nose. The pig-pen. wide open and in full view, is between the house and barn. In a warm day the congregation of vapors is over­whelming. The well, the wash-shed, the wood­shed, all arc in full view to the passers by. The space around the front door is defiled by the pigs, who root and grunt there by day. and by the geese, who roost there by night.
Thus all the unsightly and unseemly objects are spread out to view, and the scene is embel­lished by the addition of broken sleighs, sleds, ploughs, wagons, carts, old posts, &c. There lies a shapeless heap of stones; yonder is a gate hanging by one hinge, which will soon be broken for want of care. Here is a pair of bars thrown down; there the stone wall has tumbled over!
Such is the scene presented by the residence of a wealthy, respectable farmer in New Eng-
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