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Half a Dozen Daughters.

BY

J. MASTERMAN,
Author of "A Fatal Error," etc.

Life is a tangled skeype,
For patiente time to smothe."

Old MS.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
HENRY S. KING & CO., 65, CORNHILL.

1871.

250:13 191.

(All rights reserved.]

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Half a dozen Daughters.

CHAPTER I.

HALF A DOZEN DAUGHTERS.

The ordinary reader starts aghast at this heading, and straightway in his heart rises pity for the unfortunate parents who own six daughters ; but both Mr. and Mrs. Francis Shrugg needed no pity at the time this story commences. The father felt not one atom of

none but females called him parent; and the mother had not a particle of shame for having added six more to the already teeming female population. But Mr. and Mrs. Francis Shrugg were not a worldlyminded couple, neither were they not beset with cares as to how these girls were to be

regret that

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