Excerpt from New Dominion Monthly: June, 1874
I used to think it was impossible to be a farmer, and think about anything else than wheat or sheep. But I think Major Tho mas is likely to grow rich while he is thinking mostly of the training of his children, and the good of his neighbors. Those who know him well, almost worship him. Those who don't know him talk about him being big-feeling, and all that. Whenever he finds out anybody has been speaking about him in that way he goes and sees him; generally taking some little thing with him he knows will be an acceptable present - some valuable seeds or something; and the man is so complete ly conquered, that he does not know how to praise him enough afterwards. The 'major says that a man who gives and who spends, just as his receivings and his gains will permit him, enjoys life and is rz'c/z; while the man who gains everything, only that he may keep it, is poor!
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