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...and always willing to chat
occasionally in the vicinity of our larger cities.
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OCR cross (four) column misread, involving “The Traveling Tinker” and “Chinese Gods” at Harper’s Weekly (“A Journal of Civilization”) 14:726 (November 26, 1870) : 753 (Stanford copy)
same page (Michigan copy) at hathitrust
on the traveling tinker (entire) —
The itinerant tinker, a few years ago, was an important personage in the rural districts. He traveled from village to village, from farm-house to farm-house, and being generally a good-natured, oldish man, with a talent for conversation and telling stories, and always willing to chat over his puttering work, he was almost as welcome as the traveling peddler. The growth of villages, and the increasing cheapness of manufacture, have nearly driven him out of business, and he is now rarely met with except in districts remote from large towns. People have discovered that it is cheaper to throw away leaky pans and kettles, and buy new ones, than to have the old tinkered up. He is, however, to be met with occasionally in the vicinity of our larger cities. The illustration on this page [“drawn by John Bolles”] is a sketch from life in a New Jersey village near New York.
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