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ing little repairs. At odd moments of leisure, he sets out trees and shrubs; thus, year by year, beautifying his place, and rendering it not only more comfortable, but also worth more money, in case he should ever desire to sell it.
Capt. Pepperidge takes great pleasure, and perhaps a little innocent pride, in his place, though, to say the truth, it is by no means costly. He loves better to spend his time in making it more convenient and pleasant, in setting out trees, improving the grounds, mending the fences, &c, than in going about to talk politics, or gossip upon other people's business, or in haunting a tavern bar-room. In short, his home is comfortable, pleasant, delightful. It is neat and orderly, inside and out. And he has made it so; though his wife, having happily caught the influence of his example, contributes her share to the good work. His children are well dressed, well educated, well behaved. Can such a man be a drunkard ? Can he be vicious? Can he be wicked? Who has so good a chance of health, wealth, and happiness? Who so likely to be respected by his neighbors? Who so likely to do good by his influence and exam­ple ? Come, Capt. Wideopen, I pray you, and learn a lesson of farmer Pepperidge !
Let us look at the practical effect of Pep-
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