Tales of the Bowery

Tales of the Bowery

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... VVhin ye're a little older they'll put ye in the science class, and thin ye'll learn all about gyants and saints and dragons and min that fought for ould Ireland." "But, father, I know all about St. Patrick and Robert Emmet. The saint never wore a crown. He wasn't a king. Besides, saints never wear galways like that dago king has on. He might wear chin whiskers and be in the fashion, but galways never were the style with any of the saints I ever seen." "Nivervmind, Mary Ellen. Ye'll be wiser before ye die. Now, go to bed like a good gur-rl before ye make a fool o' yourself." While saying this Connors gently shoved his daughter out into the hall and closed the door. She ran downstairs and told Tim Cloney, the policeman, that both her father and mother had become crazy, and he rushed up the stairs three steps at a time. He found the Connors in a heated discussion. To clinch his side of the dispute, Connors turned to the officer: "Now, on yer oath, Tim Cloney, ain't that St. Patrick there on the wall forninst ye?" Tim examined the picture attentively, and re plied: "No, Connors. St. Patrick never wore white whiskers like Oom Paul, nor a crown on his head. Cloney's speech was cut short by Connors, who called him a liar, and they went at it in the old traditional fashion. In the struggle both pictures were swept from the wall and crushed under scuffling feet. The whole tenement was in an uproar. The fight ended with Connors lying on his back on the floor and Cloney astride his prostrate body. But even this humiliation did not equal the debasement of Connors on the following morning, when his wife said, in that sweet way wives have: "Paddy, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236800303
  • 9781236800305