The first movement in his new progress was the lambing of his ewes, and sheep having been his speciality from his youth, he wisely refrained from deputing the task of tending them at this season to a hireling or a novice.
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The novice receiver did not know all of his routes yet.
Even a novice investor will be successful if they keep costs low, diversify widely, and exercise patience.