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Volume 1: 1876
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4. Then, learning that the Times was paying Harte $100 a column for stories, he concluded to write some for the same price. I ' w read his first one & persuaded him not to write any more. 4. Then he read proof in the N. Y. Eve. ” 5. Being discharged from that post, he wanted to try agriculture—was sure he could make a fortune out of a chicken farm. I gave him $900 & he went to a ten-house village 2 miles above Keokuk on the river bank—this place was a railway station. He soon asked for money to buy a horse & light wagon,—because the trains did not run at church time on Sunday, & his wife found it rather far to walk.

Had said, “Go to Madame B. ” ƒIt transpires that the Countess G. is not in Munich, & has not been for several years. Madame B. said, “The Countess B. ” He went on to say that the Countess G. was a friend of his mother’s, & of Miss Jones’s mother, & of Miss Jones herself,—had known Miss J. both in Europe & America, & had assured him that if he could find the young lady she would promptly assist him for his mother’s sake, & her mo sake, & for the Countess’s sake, =& for God’s sake,= & so on. The truth was, that Miss Jones had never heard of the Countess G.

He will remain here some months & board & lodge & study German in the family of Clara’s almost divine German Baroness. Livy & I want to thank Charley heartily for his care of Livy’s affairs. We think the idea of investing in 4% government bonds is a particularly good one. Livy is going to write him herself. We are packing. Our plan is to leave for Paris next Thursday at 6. 40 AM, arriving at Strasburg at 5. 30 PM & going on to Paris the next day. We were in a good deal of a sweat about the plague for some time, & it still promises to sweep the whole world this year, but our physician says one need have no present fear about it.

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