Fritz to the Front, Or, the Ventriloquist Scamp-Hunter
Excerpt: ...your head, young man? Gregg the smuggler is said to be one of the worst characters along the Atlantic coast, and at the same time, the most successful in his line of business. Greyville is a man who would scorn to stoop to such work; and, moreover, he is said to be immensely rich in ready cash, though his landed property is mortgaged for its full value." Fritz accepted this explanation without reply, but his mind was but little changed in the matter. "I dinks Gregg und Greyville vas one und der same parties," he muttered, "und shall not giff up dot opinion until I can haff furder proof von vay or der odder." As soon as the gloaming of evening began to settle over the quiet little hamlet, he left the 77 tavern, and sauntered down the street toward the Honorable Granby Greyville's residence, whither most of the villagers had already wended their way. On arriving at the front of the handsome lawn, with its winding walks, large shade trees, beds of flowers, and attractive residence, Fritz paused to survey the scene that was spread out before him. Here and there dotted about among the shade trees were tables spread with tempting viands, to which the villagers were freely helping themselves, and to the flowing pitchers of ale that were passed around by several of the village maidens. A couple of Italians were making music upon violin and harp, which sounded weird and enchanting; children were playing and romping about the grounds; Chinese lanterns were strung about among the lower branches of the trees, and altogether it was a festive and attractive scene. From his position outside the fence Fritz could see nothing of either Greyville or the alleged countess, and he resolved to enter the grounds for that purpose, which he accordingly did, and sauntered about leisurely, as if he had a perfect right there by invitation. 78 Although many curious glances were leveled at him, he paid no attention to them, and after walking around awhile, he leaned up against...
- 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
- black & white illustrations