The Boy Tramp

The Boy Tramp

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...uncomfortable sensation called gooseflesh, as if every individual hair were standing on end. My teeth began to chatter as 1 strained my ears to'listen. There could be no doubt about it. I could distinctly hear a low, pitiful weeping apparently just above my head. That the sounds came from some human being in intense distress I entertained no doubt whatever, and yet, inconsistently enough, I felt frightened out of my wits. Rising I felt my way by the empty dresser to the door, and there stood listening. Still the melancholy sound continued, such a dismal wailing as I had never heard before. How I longed for the day to break! Even for the lightning, which had now ceased, although in unison with the sounds of continuous weeping, I heard the rain beating against the window panes. Afraid to open the door, feeling that I would endure any penalty in exchange for a box of matches, I did not make the least attempt to go to sleep again, but stood close to the kitchen window on the look-out for the first sign of dawn. Never had time seemed to pass so slowly. The sounds of mice in one corner made me shudder, and for once in my life I was thoroughly and shamefully terrified. The first shade of gray on the ceiling caused a feeling of intense relief, and I began to upbraid myself for timidity. As the light gained brightness, courage returned, and when at last it was day, although nothing could have appeared much more dismal than the outlook from the window, I determined to pull myself together and to make a tour of inspection. CHAPTER XII ANOTHER FRIEND The most probable explanation seemed to be that the house had not, after all, been empty--indeed, it could not be empty. Although the regular occupants had gone, they might have left someone behind as a...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236793315
  • 9781236793317