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season after season be-still tinkered

... such
He heard her proposition season after season, and
another little den as the paternal domicile, and be-
still tinkered at his blacksmithing. The prairie got
come proprietor of another “puttering” man like
into his head....

OCR cross-column confusion, of the delightful (alas anonymous) “Zigler's Patent” in Frank Leslie’s Pleasant Hours 28:1 (February 1880) : 90-92 (91) : link
same (NYPL copy, at hathitrust)

21 October 2022