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1866 Excerpt: ...bill." " It is a bill of the Suffolk Bank," said
I, " and better than the specie." As the beggar had nothing to
object, he now produced a small buff leather bag, tied up carefully
with a shoe-string. When this was opened, there appeared a very
comfortable treasure of silver coins, of all sorts and sizes; and I
even fancied that I saw, gleaming among them, the golden plumage of
that rare bird in our currency, the American Eagle. In this
precious heap was my bank note deposited, the rate of exchange
being considerably against me. His wants being thus relieved, the
destitute man pulled out of his pocket an old pack of greasy cards,
which had probably contributed to fill the bufl' leather bag, in
more ways than one. " Come," said he, " I spy a rare fortune in
your face, and for twenty-five cents more, I'll tell you what it
is." I never refuse to take a glimpse into futurity; so, after
shufliing the cards, and when the fair damsel had cut them, I dealt
a portion to the prophetic beggar. Like others of his profession,
before predicting the shadowy events that were moving on to meet
me, he gave proof of his preternatural science by describing scenes
through which I had already passed. Here let me have credit for a
sober fact. When the old man had read a page in his book of fate,
he bent his keen grey eyes on mine, and proceeded to relate, in all
its minute particulars, what was then the most singular event of my
life. It was one which I had no purpose to disclose, till the
general unfolding of all secrets; nor would it be a much stranger
instance of inscrutable knowledge, or fortunate conjecture, if the
beggar were to meet me in the street to-day, and repeat, word for
word, the page which I have here writ...
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