The Johnny-Cake Papers of Shepard Tom; Together with Reminiscences of Narragansett Schools of Former Days

The Johnny-Cake Papers of Shepard Tom; Together with Reminiscences of Narragansett Schools of Former Days

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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. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...(alike with the side pillars and mantel) of marble with soapstone sides and back, measuring in front four feet in length. So when Sunday came, the day being pleasant and the atmosphere clear, with the wind north-west, and the air of course fully charged with electric elements (all very essential conditions among others, as I have heard Tom R. say, in getting communication from the spirit world), I had a twofoot green upland white-oak log put clean back into my library fireplace. On top of this white-oak log I laid a one-foot six-inch yaller (not yellow) bark oak back stick on top of that. Next I laid on my heavy topped brass hand (not and) irons, which are two and one-half feet long and two feet high, and one foot through: bewitching smelling Rhode Island whitewannut forestick, the reader must pardon me for inserting after a comma, in a parenthesis, an anecdote recalled to my memory by the mention of wannut wood, in connection with the Hon. Joseph M. Blake, a man of the finest genius and most classical mind, and about the most eloquent (among the host of eloquent) pleaders31 that ever bewildered and dumbfounded a Rhode Island jury. I was sitting with "Silver-tongued Joe Blake' in his office in College street, Providence, one rather warm evening in November, where he had a white-wannut wood fire roaring up the chimney, big enough to warm all out-doors. In fact, such was its fervor that both of us had to sit as near an open door as possible to keep from roasting. Said I, Mr. Blake, how much do you pay a cord for your wannut wood? Twelve dollars! he replied. Said I, What upon earth do you keep such a pile on your fire for on such a warm evening as this? They tell me, said he, that the ashes of wannut wood is good manure, and I want to get some...show more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236560159
  • 9781236560155