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THE HUNTING.

"It's excessively awkward to mention it now—

 As I think I've already remarked."

And the man they called "Hi!" replied, with a sigh,

 "I informed you the day we embarked.


"You may charge me with murder—or want of sense—

 (We are all of us weak at times):

But the slightest approach to a false pretense

 Was never among my crimes!


"I said it in Hebrew—I said it in Dutch—

 I said it in German and Greek: