The Vacant Lot

The Vacant Lot

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When it became generally known in Townsend Centre that the Townsends were going to move to the city, there was great excitement and dismay. For the Townsends to move was about equivalent to the town’s moving. The Townsend ancestors had founded the village a hundred years ago. The first Townsend had kept a wayside hostelry for man and beast, known as the “Sign of the Leopard.” The sign-board, on which the leopard was painted a bright blue, was still extant, and prominently so, being nailed over the present Townsend’s front door. This Townsend, by name David, kept the village store. There had been no tavern since the railroad was built through Townsend Centre in his father’s day. Therefore the family, being ousted by the march of progress from their chosen employment, took up with a general country store as being the next thing to a country tavern, the principal difference consisting in the fact that all the guests were transients, never requiring bedchambers, securing their rest on the tops of sugar and flour barrels and codfish boxes, and their refreshment from stray nibblings at the stock in trade, to the profitless deplenishment of raisins and loaf sugar and crackers and more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Pdm Classics
  • United States
  • English
  • 0740829483
  • 9780740829482