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Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
Mark Twain

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by David Price ccx074@coventry.ac.uk 

The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg 

It was many years ago.  Hadleyburg was the most honest and upright
town in all the region round about.  It had kept that reputation
unsmirched during three generations, and was prouder of it than of
any other of its possessions.  It was so proud of it, and so anxious
to insure its perpetuation, that it began to teach the principles of
honest dealing to its babies in the cradle, and made the like
teachings the staple of their culture thenceforward through all the
years devoted to their education.  Also, throughout the formative
years temptations were kept out of the way of the young people, so
that their honesty could have every chance to harden and solidify,
and become a part of their very bone.  The neighbouring towns were
jealous of this honourable supremacy, and affected to sneer at
Hadleyburg's pride in it and call it vanity; but all the same they

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