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BOSTON:

PHILLIPS, SAMPSON & COMPANY,

No. 13 WINTER STREET.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1856, by

PHILLIPS, SAMPSON & COMPANY,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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NEW ENGLAND TIPS AND STEREOTYPE POUNDIRT,

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EDITH HALE.

CHAPTER I.

THE STUDENT.

In the village of Waterbury there were four Gothic cottages standing in a row, and so nearly were they alike in construction and color, it required open-day familiarity, or a careful recollection of some slight peculiarities, to identify one from the other. To one of these was a young girl returning home early on a Saturday evening. She had already passed a handsome mansion, the finest in that vicinity, and which, but a brief while since, had been her own pleasant home.

A deep sigh escaped from her heart, - not so much for the memory of her altered fortunes, as for her afflicted mother, who was all now left to her in the world. She quickened her step, recalling how lonely her mother must be at that hour without her presence, and soon entered one of the cottages, with words of love and encouragement upon her lips.

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