Four Afloat

Four Afloat

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Excerpt: ...village and fared very well indeed. After supper they adjourned to the writing room and levied on the hotel stationery. Everyone found plenty to write home about and for half an hour the pens scratched diligently. It was Tom whose ideas were exhausted first. After addressing and sealing his letter and thumping a stamp on to the corner of the envelope he picked up a newspaper and tilted himself back in his chair under the light. Two minutes later the front legs of the chair hit the floor with a crash. "The Sue won!" cried Tom. The others frowned but failed to look up from their letters. "I say, you chaps!" called Tom more loudly. "The Sue won!" "For gracious sake, Tommy," protested Bob, "shut up! How do you think we're going to write letters when--" "Oh, go ahead and write your old letters," grumbled Tom. "I thought you'd want to know how it came out, that's all." "What's he talking about, Bob?" Dan asked. "I'm telling you that the Sue won," answered Tom with dignity. 141 "Won what?" "The race, you idiot!" "Sue who? What race?" "Who's being sued, Tommy?" asked Nelson, looking up from his sixth sheet of paper. Tom looked about him despairingly. "Say, you lunatics," he exclaimed after an eloquent silence, "stop gibbering a moment, will you? I'm trying to tell you that the Sue--" "Oh, Sioux!" said Nelson, turning back to the letter. "I thought you were talking about some one suing some one. Anyone scalped yet? I'd like to live out your way and see some of these Indian uprisings, Tommy. Are there any Sioux in Chicago?" "There are plenty of Indians there," laughed Dan, "but maybe they're not Sioux." Tom passed the insult disdainfully and retired behind his paper with insulted dignity. "Anyhow, she won," he muttered defiantly. "Oh, hang!" exclaimed Bob, throwing down his pen, pushing back his chair, and making for Tom. "You're worse than Poe' more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236718143
  • 9781236718143