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" ...] "If you want to buy a small, well-cultivated farm, at about half what it is worth, I think I know where you can get one." "Do you?" "Yes. Three years ago it was bought for three thousand dollars, and seven hundred paid down in cash. Only eight hundred dollars have since been paid on it; and as the time for which the mortgage was to remain has now expired, a foreclosure is about to take place. By a little management, I am satisfied that I can get you the farm for the balance due on the mortgage." "That is, for fifteen hundred dollars?" "Yes." "Is the farm worth that? Will it be a good investment?" "It is in the highest state of cultivation. The owner has spent too much money upon it. This, with the loss of his entire crop of wheat, rye, corn, oats, and hay, last year, has crippled him, and made it impossible to pay off the mortgage." "How came he to meet with this loss?" "His barn was struck by lightning." "That was unfortunate." "The farm will command, at the lowest, two hundred and fifty dollars rent; ...]."