Young American Speaker and Manual of Oratory; Being a Choice Treasury of New and Popular Recitatons, Readings, Dialogues, Original and Adapted Comedies, Tableaux, Etc. Comprising the Best Selections from the Most Celebrated Authors and

Young American Speaker and Manual of Oratory; Being a Choice Treasury of New and Popular Recitatons, Readings, Dialogues, Original and Adapted Comedies, Tableaux, Etc. Comprising the Best Selections from the Most Celebrated Authors and

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... and I will trouble you no more." With a painful gesture, the boy waved him back, and in a feeble voice said: "Captain Harden, will you allow me to tell you a little of my history? " "Go on," said the captain, " but do not think it will change my mind; you have to drink this just to show you how I bend stiff necks on board my ship." "Two weeks before I came on bond this ship I stood beside my mother's coffin. I heard the dull thud of falling earth as the sexton filled the grave which held the last remains of my darling mother. I saw the people leave the spot; I was alone, yes, alone, for she who loved and cared for me was gone. I knelt for a moment upon the fresh turf, and while the hot tears rolled down my cheeks, I vowed never to taste the liquor that had broken my mother's heart and ruined my father's life. "Two days later, I stretched my hand through the prison bars, behind which my father_ was confined. Itold him of my intention of going to sea. Do with me what you will, captain; let me freeze to death in the mainmast; throw me into the sea. below, anything, but do not, for my dear mother's sake, force me to drink that poison that has ruined my father, and killed my mother Do not let it ruin a mother's only son! " He sank back exhausted, and burst into a fit of tears. The captain stepped forward, and laying his hand, which trembled a little, upon the boy's head, said to the crew who had collected round: " For our mothers' sake, let us respect Allen Ba.ncroft's pledge. And never," he continued, firing up, "let me catch any of you ill-treating him." He then hastily withdrew to his apartment. The sailors were scattered and I was left alone with Allen....show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236834534
  • 9781236834539