Distant Homes, Or, the Graham Family in New Zealand

Distant Homes, Or, the Graham Family in New Zealand

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...huddling together in a corner, just where the water was gaining most rapidly; and already a narrow stream had divided them from the mainland, so that in a very short time the poor timid things would all have been lost.. Fortunately, help arrived at the right moment; but it was in vain to attempt to make them face the little stream. The farmer got off; he and Captain Graham pushed, beat, and scolded them all in vain. At last, seizing one by the wool, Captain Graham exerted his whole force and dragged it through; it was instantly followed by the whole flock, as sheep invariably follow their leader, so that Captain Graham was thrown down and jumped over by at least forty terrified sheep. He rose all mud, and wet through, but laughing at the success of his plan, which had saved his friend's flock. The house was standing in the midst of the water, which now reached the windows of the first storey; the poultry had perched upon the roof, and were looking with rueful countenances upon the wet thatch, their feathers drooping in that doleful, unhappy manner I daresay you have noticed in fowls on a wet day. Out of one of the upper windows a poor cat was looking, evidently very uncomfortable and frightened. This was a favourite cat of the children, and Captain Graham could scarcely persuade his friend to leave without an attempt to rescue the cat; in fact, after they had turned their horses' heads away, the farmer said, --'It's no use, Graham, I cannot leave the poor thing; just stand there, and I'll get her somehow;' so turning back, he got up as near to the house as he could, --but he was still too far off. A great gulf of yellow water lay between him and the cat, which had come out on the window sill, and was mewing piteously. Next he tried the back part of...
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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236494334
  • 9781236494337