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The next objected to the word a makes,1a as no one, he argued, would care who made the hats, as long as they were good. That was also omitted.
A third found fault with the expression asells,a as no one imagined for a moment that he gave them away.
a Sells,a therefore, followed the fate of its predecessors. Another took exception at a hats,a in consideration of the painting underneath. Hats was accordingly obliterated.
The fifth condemned the clause referring to ready money, since that was the custom of the place ; while the sixth and last, vexed beyond measure at finding nothing left to erase, would have pulled the signboard down bodily, but for the remonstrances of the others.
To resume the beginning of the end.
The business in teak-wood was now drawing to a close, for ere long the rains would cease, and there would no longer be any means of floating the timber down to the coast on the swollen tributaries of the Salween. Few vessels therefore remained, and the river looked deserted, but for an unusually large craft painted white, and therefore conspicuous in more ways than one.
She proved, on inquiry, to be an American vessel of considerable burden, chartered for the purpose of transporting elephants to Bengal; and as she was anchored in mid-stream, we went off to watch the process of embarking the invaluable creatures.
They were brought from the shore one by one on stout rafts, on which they behaved with the utmost decorum, evidently in blissful ignorance of their ultimate destinationathe shipas hold. If they thought about it at all, it was merely a case of transferring them to the opposite bank of the river, a proceeding frequentlyThey were brought from the shore one by one on stout rafts, on which they behaved with the utmost decorum, evidently in blissful ignorance of their ultimate destinationa the shipa s hold. If they thought about it at all, it was merely a case of transferring them to the opposite bank of the river, a proceeding frequently