When the time drew near for Samuel the Beadle to let his son begin his term of military service, he betook himself to the market, purchased a regulation shirt, a knapsack, and a few other things needed by a soldier and he did not forget the main item: he ran and fetched a bottle of liquor. Then he went home. And there, in the presence of his neighbors, of whom I had the privilege of being one, he drank a glassful to long life, and offered another to Rebekah, his good wife. Drink, madam, said he, merrily.
(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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