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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Levanto I HAVE loafed into Levanto, on the recommendation of an Irish friend who, it would seem, had reasons of his own for sending me there. " Try Levanto," he said. " A little place below Genoa. Nice, kindly people. And sunshine all the time. Hotel Nazionale. Yes, yes ! The food is all right. Quite all right. Now please do not let us start that subject " We started it none the less, and at the end of the discussion he added : " You must go and see Mitchell there. I often stayed with him. Such a good fellow ! And very popular in the place. He built an aqueduct for the peasants—that kind of man. Mind you look him up. He will be bitterly disappointed if you don't call. So make a note of it, won't you ? By the way, he's dead. Died last year. I quite forgot." " Dead, is he ? What a pity." " Yes ; and what a nuisance. I promised to send him down some things by the next man I came across. You would have been that man. I know you do not carry much luggage, but you could have taken one or two trifles at least. He wanted a respectable English telescope, I remember, to see the stars with—a bit of an astronomer, you know. Chutney, too—devilish fond of chutney, the old boy was ; quite a gastro- maniac. What a nuisance ! Now he will be thinkingI forgot all about it. And he needed a clothes-press ; I was on no account to forget that clothes-press. Rather fussy about his trousers, he was. And a typewriter ; just an ordinary one. But I doubt whether you could have managed a type-writer." " Easily. And a bee-hive or two. You know how I like carrying little parcels about for other people's friends. What a nuisance ! Now I shall have to travel with my bags half empty." " Don't blame me, my dear fellow. I did not tell him to die, did I ? "... It must have been about midnig...
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