There was no doubt about it that Deacon Billington was an old pinch penny. He had the reputation of being the meanest man in the county and the county was not particularly famous for its generosity. On account of his meanness, everybody was glad when George Splan's mare beat the deacon's in a trotting race. George and the deacon were not very good friends anyway, because George happened to be in love with the deacon's daughter. His defeat aroused the deacon to such a rage that he positively refused to allow his daughter to have anything more to do with George. The deacon's prohibition did not bother his daughter and George to any alarming extent. They saw about as much of each other as they ever had. The deacon did not notice their disobedience because he himself was in the midst of an exciting romance. Engaged one day in the pursuit of an office boy and a black cat who between them had scattered inky cat-tracks over some of his important papers, the deacon had entered the yard of the...
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