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selfish world. I take my leave, sir. Since I have
been treated as you have treated me, I am perfectly
willing to go. But I have done my duty. I have
fulfilled my contract, as far as I was permitted to
do it. I said I could make your paper of interest
to all classes, and I have. I said I could run your
circulation up to twenty thousand copies, and if I
had had two more weeks I'd have done it. And I'd
have given you the best class of readers that ever
an agricultural paper had—not a farmer in it, nor
a solitary individual who could tell a water-melon
from a peach-vine to save his life. You are the
loser by this rupture, not me, Pie-plant. Adios.'''
I then left.