Excerpt from The Bail Jumper
Susy Grant, who bundled them in at the front door of the house, while her brothers herded the swains into the kitchen, for be it known, that while women may be ushered into parlour or bedroom, the kitchen is the proper reception place for men. There they sit on stools and wood-boxes, or crowd into corners, exchanging anecdotes or revelling in amusement furnished by the wits of the country side. Burton was introduced by his employer to a few of the men and boys nearest bv, but none waited for an introduction when there was occa sion to speak. They were a mixed company, some from the town, and others from the country district in which the Grant homestead lay, but all were acquainted and most were friends. Pre sently the door opened and a new-comer ambled in; a strange human contrivance, half man, half boy, who tripped over his long coat on the door step and projected himself in a heap in the midst of the laughing crowd.
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