Some Dayton Saints and Prophets

Some Dayton Saints and Prophets

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...invited into the front parlor to look at an oil portrait of Mrs. Kilworth in a black silk dress with a real lace collar. I never could quite grasp the fact that it was really Mrs. Kilworth in the gold frame; the contrast between art and nature was too forcible. I know now that it was a good portrait, because Soule was the artist; and it represented weeks and weeks of washing at so much a dozen. Sometimes she was out of sorts, and we got no stories or cookies. We gained the impression that the trouble was something vaguely connected with "Kilworth." This was strange, too, because he was a nice man with a fat face, who never said much. I will not conceal the fact that Mrs. Kilworth was easily aroused, and when wroth, would use plain language; temperance in voice and tongue was not a virtue of the early settler in her rank in life, and she had much to try her temper. But to offset any such account that may stand against her name, the recording angel will write that when a cus tomer of thirty years' standing became old and poor and helpless, Mrs. Kilworth did his washing cheerfully during the remaining two years of his life for nothing. Mr. Kilworth had no stories to tell us (where could he have been when the Indians' attacked Dayton?); but what was almost as good, he had a rope-walk on the old flat bank close by Main Street bridge, across the river. Once we wandered over and watched the men walking back and forth in the long, low, open shed, twisting the strands of rope and singing. We played in the water too, finding clam-shells in the sand and dandelions on the bank. How strange to learn that when Mrs. Kilworth was a little girl and played in the river, there were no bridges at all across the Miami, so those who...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236950003
  • 9781236950000