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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... bed of pine-boughs upon the ground was always kept fresh by the little ones who slept with him through many a sweltering summer ...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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... bed of pine-boughs upon the ground was always kept fresh by the little ones who slept with him through many a sweltering summer afternoon when he wearied of the warmth and limitations of his plush rocker. Here it was, by a ludicrous chance, that he lay surrounded by the other six of seven sleepers when he was roused by the census-taker, to whom he gave his memorable answer to the question as to his occupation: "I'sa family man, sir." And so it stands in the book today. If Rose Ann had not been blinded by her own devotion, she must sometimes have been a little jealous of the children's adoration of their daddy, which under pressure was even exclusive. For instance, a single fish was always "daddy's fish," the first and last blossom on the vine were his. But Rose Ann was superior to small things. Indeed, her own love was such that, when there was no one else at hand in whom to confide, she would sometimes talk to her ten-year-old daughter of her happiness. "Wait on yo' daddy good, baby," she would say, "'ca'se ef Gord was to tek him away, you would n't nuver git another lak him. Yo' ole mammy'd haf to tek up wid some po' ole laborin'-man to be stepdaddy to you-all." At which the little girl would protest that she "would n't have no other daddy," and Rose Ann would aver that there would be nothing else for her to do but to marry again, "wid all dese growin' chillen to suppo't," for she "could n't stan' her groun' at de wash-bench, day in an' day out, wid no glorification of love to consolate her heart." This evidence of her realization that, under any possible conditions, she would pretty surely have to continue breadwinner, was not without its pathos, albeit one must smile at her frank measure of herself. BUT Rose Ann was by no means lacking in...Read Less
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.