The farmer was rich, but the stingiest man in his part of the country. He made his wife and daughter labor in the fields. The daughter had a sweetheart, a most desirable young farmer, but the old man drove him away. The mother had stood about all she could, and then rebelled. She read in a newspaper of a new and rare disease which had been discovered by some famous physician, and soon she had all the symptoms. The family doctor, who much disliked the farmer, helped her along, and soon the miser realized that the only way to insure his own safety was to humor his wife's every whim. In this way she secured money, fitted her daughter out with a trousseau, and boldly ordered the marriage of the young couple, her scared husband not daring to protest. When everything she wanted had been done, the woman announced that she "was cured." The farmer wondered, and was half inclined to believe that he had been tricked, but was afraid to say so; for everyone laughingly assured him that it would be ...
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