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Al KENSIDE CHAPTER I THE EXAMINING COMMITTEE THE good people of Devonshire were rather given to quarreling-sometimes about the minis- ter's wife, meek, gentle Mrs. Tiverton, whose manner of housekeeping, or style of dress, did not exactly suit them; sometimes about the minister himself, good, patient Mr. Tiverton, who vainly imagined that if he preached three sermons a week, attended the Wednesday evening prayer- meeting. the Thursday evening sewing society, officiated at every funeral, visited all the sick, and gave to every beggar who called at his door, be- sides superintending the Sunday school, he was earning his salary of six hundred per year. Sometimes, and that not rarely, the quarrel crept into the choir, and then, for one whole Sun- day, it was all in vain that Mr. Tiverton read the psalm and hymn, casting troubled glances toward the vacant seats of his refractory singers. There was no one to respond, unless it were good old