Frank and Rufus, Or, Obedience and Disobedience
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. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...this service of some one of the boys, they thought nothing of it. Mr. Dalton was seated on a bench near the stove, when the wood was brought in. All the scholars except Rufus had left the house. "Come here, and sit by me, Rufus," said Mr. Dalton. "I wish to ask you a question." Rufus obeyed. "Now, Rufus," said Mr. Dalton, "tell me truly, what do you know about the money stolen from your mother's kitchen window'?" At this most unexpected question Rufus turned very red. His embarrassment was increased by the consciousness that the keen, penetrating eye of his teacher was fixed upon him. "I feel perfectly sure that you know something about it," continued Mr. Dalton. "Tell me truly who took that money; for I am confident that you know who took it." Rufus was silent, but his confusion and embarrassment was evidently so great, that Mr. Dalton could account for them only on the supposition that he was himself the thief. Acting upon this conviction, he said, "Rufus, my boy, tell me the truth. Did you take that money'?" Rufus still remained silent. Mr. Dalton was now convinced that Rufus was himself the thief; for he felt sure that he would have firmly denied the charge, had he been innocent. "Tell the truth, Rufus," he said. "If you took that money, add not falsehood to the crime, by denying it." Rufus replied only by dropping his head upon the desk, and bursting into tears. "Poor, unhappy boy!" said Mr. Dalton; "are these the first tears the act has caused you'?" The question was asked in a tone in which there was more of kindness and sympathy than of reproach. It touched the heart of Rufus, and awakened a sudden impulse to unburden his mind, by...
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