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drew bashfully and hastily. He saw me however and persuaded me to enter and sit down which I did though reluctantly and in the capacity of a subordinate obeying the command of a superior officer. Seeing my questioning look he explained that he had been poking and cursing at his fire when a knock came at his door. He uttered a gruff "Come in" which was apparently well understood, as a girl floated in quickly, seized the poker from his hands and before he had recovered from his astonishment had the fire blazing (I presume that her efforts were so successful as to render the lighting of the candle to illuminate

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