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THE DREAM OF AKINOSUKÉ

In the district called Toïchi of Yamato province, there used to live a gōshi named Miyata Akinosuké. … [Here I must tell you that in Japanese feudal times there was a privileged class of soldier-farmers,—free-holders,—corresponding to the class of yeomen in England; and these were called gōshi.]

In Akinosuké's garden there was a great and ancient cedar-tree, under which he was wont to rest on sultry days. One very warm afternoon he was sitting under this tree with

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