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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...down the street, hoping to meet some friendly face. Down that corner, at any rate, he would find his stables; and where was the old horse? Before he reached that corner, however, he was accosted by a clean, motherly-looking woman, whom in his life he felt convinced he had never seen before. She was standing in a doorway, the broad daylight shining full upon her bright, kindly face, and gleaming over the tresses of her smoothly braided hair. "Good morning, Mr. Smuggs," she said. "Have you been round to your place?" "Yes," he said, "but there ain't no one there. I can't ever think what has come to my old woman. And the place all seems changed like. Yet I haven't been away not so very long. I haven't been in prison, nor nothink o' that. I am afraid she has took it to heart. Or perhaps she is dead! Can you tell me anything, missus?" "Well, now," she said, "I believe I can. Just walk in here, Mr. Smuggs, and sit you down for five minutes. You do look bad, to be sure; you had better by half have some coffee. It's all hot and nice. I generally keep some ready on the hob, in case my boys should come in; and it's not so very far off the dinner-time, neither." So saying, the motherly woman ensconced Smuggs in the arm-chair, beside a little round table, on which she was preparing a meal. Once or twice she stole a sly look at her visitor, but he seemed too brokenhearted to talk; so she merely remarked--"You shall hear all about it presently; but you must have your breakfast first." As the fragrance of the warm coffee began to rise from his cup so white and clean, and he saw the little fire sparkling in the grate, and heard the goldfinch singing in its cage amidst the spring more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236986865
  • 9781236986863