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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...red stains on his overalls,
which he did. He had tightened the hoops on a salt-pork barrel for
Mr. Shackford several days pre vious; the red paint on the head of
the barrel was fresh, and had come off on his clothes. Dr. Weld
examined the spots under a microscope, and pronounced them paint.
It was manifest that Mr. Taggett meant to go to the bottom of
things. The bar-room of the Stillwater hotel was a centre of
interest these nights; not only the bar-room proper, but the
adjoining apartment, where the more exclusive guests took their
seltzer-water and looked over the metropolitan newspapers. Twice a
week a social club met here, having among its members Mr. Craggie,
the postmaster, who was supposed to have a great political future,
Mr. Pinkham, Lawyer Perkins, Mr. Whidden, and other respectable
persons. The room was at all times in some sense private, with a
separate entrance from the street, though another door, which
usually stood open, connected it with the main saloon. In this was
a long mahogany counter, one section of which was covered with a
sheet of zinc perforated like a sieve, and kept constantly bright
by restless caravans of lager-beer glasses. Directly behind that
end of the counter stood a Gothic brassmounted beer-pump, at whose
faucets Mr. Snelling, the landlord, flooded you five or six mugs in
the twinkling of an eye, and raised the vague expectation that he
was about to grind out some popular operatic air. At the left of
the pump stretched a narrow mirror, reflecting the gayly-colored
wine-glasses and decanters which stood on each other's shoulders,
and held up lemons, and performed various acrobatic feats on a
shelf in front of it. The fourth night after the funeral of Mr.
Shackford, a dismal southeast storm caused an...
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