Hindered and Helped

Hindered and Helped

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...of the story, and said that he was very certain that Joe was telling him the truth; but he told him that everybody would be disgusted and give him the cold shoulder if he carried on so. Then he told Joe that he would give bail for him, and that he trusted in his honour that he would appear for trial. He said Joe cried like a baby. Now don't you go and blab this, any of you, 'cause father doesn't know that I heard him talking about it.' 'Hurrah for Mr. Ball!' incautiously called out a small boy, but he was speedily extinguished by a stern 'Sh-sh-h!' from the rest. A good many wise ones shook their heads gravely at seeing Joe in the street, especially when they noticed the careless swagger that he saw fit to assume to conceal his mortification. They said it would have done him good to stay in jail a while, and that he needed a lesson; but they had never thought of giving him a lesson in anything previous to this event. Joe could not quite conceal his sense of disgrace; but the boys were inclined to follow Mr. Ball's advice and example, and defer their judgment until the trial was over. Joe was out of prison, but without any place of refuge except the wretched hovel where his drunken father stayed. Such a forlorn, animal existence as that father led could hardly be called living. He spent half his time lounging about bar-rooms, and the remainder in this place, lying in a stupor of intoxication. There was no help and no cheer in such a gloomy resort to the disgraced boy, but now Ned came to his help. 'How are you, old fellow? You're coming straight home with me, and you shall share my room with me till this matter is settled. Mrs. Ball told me to bring you.' 'Mrs. Ball! She didn't mean it.' 'Yes, she did. You'd have thought so if you had heard her...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236519965
  • 9781236519962