The Little Cripple, and Other Tales for the Young

The Little Cripple, and Other Tales for the Young

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...my child; but then, that would only be sharing the fate that hundreds, and even thousands, do. Others, again, are maimed for life, even if they do return to their once happy home. Think of your poor papa returning after many months, with perhaps one arm or both wanting, and perhaps minus a leg as well." "Oh that would be awful," said Betsy, "Yes, but I would sooner have him so than not at all," said Robert. "Oh, yes, and so would I!" exclaimed both the girls. "Ah," said grandpa, "and perhaps lie all night upon the battle-field, wounded and bleeding to death; there, in the dense darkness and the silent gloom, no friend at hand to staunch the blood, bind up his wounds, or give him so much as a cup of cold water to quench his thirst, after all the horrors of the previous awful day. Oh, how he would think of his own quiet home--of your mamma--of you; and yet none to help, and but sorry prospect of ever returning to you again. And then, if he he did not die there, perhaps in a day or so he would be found by the enemy, and carried away to a foreign hospital, there to linger and die, away from all kind friends." "Oh, grandpa," said Robert, "I never thought of this when I talked about war." "I was sure you did not, my dear boy." "But now you have named it, grandpa, must it not be very awful for those that are wounded in the battle to lie helpless on the ground; to see the troops come galloping on over them, and they unable to help themselves, or get out of the way." "Of course it must, my boy; and these are matters which are little thought of. No doubt there are hundreds who might recover the bullet-wound, but who are trampled to death by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236988159
  • 9781236988157