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CHAPTER HI. IN THE ORCHARD. Putnam King professed great delight in
his aunt's shrewd reformatory proceedings. " How do you get along
with your new School for Scandal ? " he would ask, when he came out
to Wewachet for a Saturday to Monday stay. " It is the greatest
woman-movement yet. But it interferes with their dearest rights, I
'm afraid. Does n't it take the edge off life for Sarah Crooke ? "
" Now, Putnam, look here! Sarah Crooke has a fine background to her
character." "Why does she keep it in the background, I wonder! "
interpolated Putnam; but Miss Haven went sturdily on. "If you were
tied to an armchair and four knitting-needles, ? no, we will say to
a pipe and a newspaper, ? you ? or any man ? would be a thousand
times worse gossip than ever she was. Would be ? You are now; and
your newspapers are your condemnation. You men, you devourers of
news, to despise gossip! when the daily columnsdon't suffice for
you, with all their biggest capitals, and life is bare, unless the
world comes to a partial end every day to feed your voracity ! " "
Oh, that's legitimate," said Putnam, laughing. " It 's published
news; it concerns the world, ? we don't want it upside down, but we
must know if it is; it 's important. And print is open to
contradiction and refutation. It's responsible. It does n't keep
its tail in a hole, like an earthworm, ready to draw back if it
sees danger." " Oh, does n't it ? Putnam King, newspaper gossip is
the very crown ? no, abyss ? of gossip! See here! Did n't I read
only the other day, in one of your high-toned journals, a long
screed on one side about what the American newspaper is doing
toward the bringing up of the American small boy in the way he
should n't go; a virtuous, holy- horror article against the stuff
with which the press h...
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