Golden Days for Boys and Girls

Golden Days for Boys and Girls

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Excerpt: ...trees and stumps on their land. By the first of February they had five acres cleared and fenced, and ready for trees. Believing the best to be the cheapest, they sent to one of the nurseries for three hundred and fifty budded trees. They took especial pains in setting them out, and in due time had as thrifty a young grove as one could wish to see. The trees cost them all the money they had earned and most of what they had laid aside; but when they looked at their beautiful young grove, they were more than satisfied. Before the end of the year the proposed railroad was built, and its advent made a tremendous rise in the value of land. The boys had had many excellent offers for their land before, but invariably declined to consider them. As the depot had been built very near them, they knew their place must advance rapidly. However, shortly after the erection of the depot, they received an offer of seven thousand dollars for the unimproved ten acres, and after a short consultation, decided to accept it. Dave had not seen his people for nearly two years, and was anxious to visit them. Tom, who was alone in the world, was to remain and look after their grove. So a few weeks later saw Dave walking up the lane to the old homestead. Knowing how particular his father was, he was greatly surprised at the thriftless look of everything. A man was hobbling across the yard as he approached, and Dave saw with dismay that the haggard face belonged to his father. Their meeting may be imagined, and Dave soon knew of the broken leg and the long, hard winter following it, with no one to look after things and unpaid bills accumulating rapidly. "A sorry home-coming, my boy," said his father, with a wan smile. But Dave's story quickly changed the aspect of things. The bills were paid; pinching want was a thing of the past. And then Dave talked and argued until his parents agreed to return with him and spend the winter in Florida, and give that genial climate more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236690915
  • 9781236690913