St. Nicholas Volume 28, No. 1

St. Nicholas Volume 28, No. 1

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...and I never do anything until I have first asked his advice. One Christmas Eve, about nine o'clock, I was sitting before my great wood fire, thinking how nice it would be if I were not there all alone. Every Christmas Eve I take a sleigh-ride with Shakspere. It had been snowing hard but a short time before; the wind was blowing, and it seemed very cold, and I had my doubts as to whether Shakspere would want to go. However, I wrapped myself up well and went to the barn. As I opened the door, Shakspere greeted me with a joyful whinny. He would not hear of staving at home on Christmas Eve! So I soon had him harnessed, and in no time we were "over the hills and far away." Even if Shakspere is old, like his master, he can go at a pretty trot when he feels like it. It was very clear and cold, and as Shakspere trotted onward the sleigh-bells rang out merrily across the snow. It was growing late, and I was about to turn back when I heard a faint sound, and Shakspere suddenly shied away from a dark object that lay in the snowby the roadside. I discovered that it was a little girl of about nine or ten, wrapped in, an old gray shawl, lying in the snow, and sobbing piteously. I gathered her in my arms and, with Shakspere's consent, placed her in the sleigh, and getting in myself turned Shakspere'shead homeward. I learned, by asking countless questions, that her name was Mary, --she said she had no other, --and that she had run away from the poorhouse, where she had been badly treated. Poor little orphan girl! We were driving merrily along homeward. The wind had sunk, and millions of stars peeped down on the earth, robed in her spotless white. Then, far away, could be heard the church bells joyfully ringing out the midnight hour, telling that...show more

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  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 440g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236948343
  • 9781236948342