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Half a Dozen Daughters.

BY

I. 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.)

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 regret that 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

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