The Cosmopolitan Volume 6, Nos. 1-6

The Cosmopolitan Volume 6, Nos. 1-6

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...with her clothing worn to tatters, her shoeless feet bleeding with constant travel, and the hand of a great fever heavy upon her, she found her lost one in a fine, manly boy, who watched over, and tended upon her, till she was safely through the well-nigh fatal fever which was the result of her fatigue and exposure. When she told us this history, the boy, grown to be a man, was prospering as a drayman in the neighboring village, and he would have gladly given his mother a home: but still able to work and care for herself, she preferred, as she expressed it, to do "suSin' for somebody;" and thus it came about that she was then cook in our family. It was through Lyddy that we became acquainted with John Cobble, the lazy, but original genius who at this time officiated as ourgardener, and man-of-all-work. He, also, was a typical negro. He was a young fellow of about twenty-eight, and of pure African lineage. He had a stalwart frame, a foot large enough for an elephant, and arms and hands that might have wielded the weaver's beam of Goliath the Gittite. His skin was as black as ebony, and it had the unctuous brilliancy that is peculiar to the negro "blood-royal;" but his features were regular, and of a clearly-cut European type, which contrasted oddly with the deep sable of his complexion. His mouth was of uncommon width, but this escaped notice owing to the fine rows of ivory it continually displayed. When not open in an habitual grin, it was distended in a sort of chuckling laugh, which rippled over his face, and down his huge frame, in a way that was pleasant to look upon. He had what the blacks call "edication"--that is, he could read, write, and do small sums in arithmetic; but such words as...show more

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  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 599g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236878043
  • 9781236878045