Queer Chums

Queer Chums

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...acute his sympathies were, and how unerringly he read, by simple intuition, the human character, particularly in those who had shown him kindness, or to whom he had taken a liking. Whilst Captain Douglas was standing with his back, gazing absently out of the ports, the boy quietly arose, and approaching the silent figure gently, for the second time slipped his fingers into the officer's hand. This mute but earnest attempt at consolation--utterly unpremeditated, but the result of an entirely spontaneous impulse--must have touched the captain, for he allowed the little hand to rest in his, and when after the lapse of a minute or so he turned round and withdrew his palm, it was to lay it gently upon the head of the youngster, as though in grateful acknowledgment of the feeling which he had displayed. "And now, my little fellow," he said, drawing the boy close in front of him as he sat down, "let us hear something about you. What did you say your name was?" "Prince Paul," was the reply, with the customary dignity under such circumstances. "Prince Paul what? You have a surname surely." The boy coloured up violently as he replied, "I do not remember any other name. There must be one, but mamma would not let me know it lest I should be questioned and forced to tell a lie. Irmac knows, but he keeps it secret. I know my father was a great officer at the Emperor's Court; now he is an exile living with savages who gain their livelihood by fur-trapping and hunting. My poor mother died of grief and exhaustion. Irmac knows, and could tell you all, but he is at Shoreham, and now I have no one left but Frank and Rurick--and you" he concluded, brushing away the unbidden tears that had started to his eyes, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236891937
  • 9781236891938