Stories for Village Lads, by the Author of 'Stories of School Boys'

Stories for Village Lads, by the Author of 'Stories of School Boys'

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...replied James May. This was in the morning. Evening came, and the hot-bed was untouched. "How is this?" asked Mr. Jackson; "I thought you understood that I wished this done at once." "I meant to do it, sir, but I had a little job of digging to finish in the hollow; I'll be sure to set about the hot-bed to-morrow." "Where have you been, James?" asked Mr. Jackson, another day; "I have been waiting for you more than an hour, to speak to you about those young plants." "Have you, sir? I am sorry for that," replied James; "I was just cutting the gooseberry bushes in the hollow." In short, whenever James was missed from the more open and visible parts of the garden, --and these occasions became more and more frequent--his ready reply was, "I was at work in the hollow!' One day, Mr. Jackson went to speak to his gardener, and, as at other times, could not find him. There were his spade and rake and hoe, where he ought to have been at work; but the man himself was not there. "In the hollow again, I suppose," said the master. "What can he always find to do there? I'll go and see." To the hollow he went; but no James was there. To be sure, another spade was stuck in the ground, close by a piece of unfinished digging; but no gardener was to be seen. Mr. Jackson looked around, and saw that the garden gate which led into the meadow was unfastened, and half-way open. A sudden thought came into his head. He passed into the meadow, and on, for a hundred yards or so, till he came to the back-yard of the George Inn. Through the yard he walked, and opening the door of the tap-room of the George, there he saw James May, with a pot of porter before him, seated snugly...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123682587X
  • 9781236825872