Excerpt from St. Nicholas, Vol. 48: An Illustrated Magazine for Boys and Girls; Part II., May to October, 1921
NE fine lay morning about seventy years 7 ago a little French boot-black was standing at the entrance of the Pont Neuf, one of the finest of the many bridges that cross the Seine between the two great divisions of Paris.
The boy was watching for customers. But there was none to be had yet, for it was too early. At length, finding nothing else to do, he took a piece Of Chalk from the one untorn pocket that he possessed and began to sketch a face upon the stone parapet Of the bridge.
A strange face it was, very broad across the jaws. And narrowing as it sloped upward, so that. With its curious Shape and the pointed tuft of hair that stood up from the high. Narrow forehead. It looked at a little distance like an enormous pear. But it was plain that this was the likeness of some real man, and that the boy was immensely amused at it, for he chuckled to himself all the time he was working, and more than once laughed out right.
So intent was he on his picture, which was now nearly finished. As to be unconscious that some one else was much interested in it. Too.
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