This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 Excerpt: ...crept slowly back to the white lips, and they knew Benny would live. His first word was a glad recognition of his father, and the next an ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 Excerpt: ...crept slowly back to the white lips, and they knew Benny would live. His first word was a glad recognition of his father, and the next an anxious inquiry, --'Did the boat go under the wheel?' 'Never mind the boat, ' said papa, a smile shining through the tears that ran from his eyes, and mamma hid her face in the pillow close beside the dear head with its wet brown curls. 'Who took me out?' asked Benny, in a faint whisper: and then the doctor suddenly remembered Jim, and went out to look for him. Nobody had seen him, but his step-father was in the kitchen, and honest enough to bestow the praise where it belonged. 'Yer see, cap'n, ' he said, in a tone of apology, ' I aint the build of a man to swim much, and somehow water never did agree with me; goes to my head, like. But it beats all nature how my Jim can cut 'round under water; dives like a muskrat; you'd ought to seen the way he fetched that youngster up. Tell ye what, cap'n, he'd a been gone though, it it hadn't been for that little nig--cullud gal of yourn. She run in screechin', "Shet the gate!" and betwixt us it come down mighty suddint, or the big wheel would a knocked the senses outen him for good.' The doctor smiled grimly, and walked away, stopping at the porch to lay his hand kindly on Jube's head, and say: --'You're a good girl, Jube, and you've done as much as any one to save Benny.' To his surprise Jube burst into a passion of sobbing, and buried her face in her lap, saying, ' 0, mars' doctor, it's all along of me dat he felled in, kase I yawped out at him suddent, and skeered him.' The doctor gave her a puzzled look, but at that moment he caught sight of Jim 'hanging around' with his accustomed air of elegant leisure. 'Jim, ' said the doctor, and stopped, for lie really didn't know what t...Read Less
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