Beechnut: A Franconia Story

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Harper, 1850 - Children - 211 pages
Two cousins and a friend spend their summer holiday in upstate New York.

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Page 132 - Well, in point of fact," replied Beechnut, "I never was shipwrecked." "Never was!" exclaimed Phonny. "Why, what is all this story that you have been telling us, then?" "Embellishment," said Beechnut quietly. "Embellishment!" repeated Phonny, more and more amazed. "Yes," said Beechnut. "Then you were not wrecked at all?" said Phonny. "No,
Page 4 - Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, by HARPER & BROTHERS, In the Clerk's Office for the Southern District of New York.
Page 6 - ... to feed it, while in the latter case, nearly every one will just as certainly look for a stone. Thus the growing up in the right atmosphere, rather than the receiving of the right instruction, is the condition which it is most important to secure, in plans for forming the characters of children. It is in accordance with this philosophy that these stories, though written mainly with a view to their moral influence on the hearts and dispositions of the readers, contain very little formal exhortation...
Page 16 - ... of implements to work in his garden, who leaves that, with everything scattered, to go fishing, who tires of fishing and then draws the wagon up to the woodpile, ties the reins to the shafts and takes Malville for a long imaginary ride, talking rapidly of the scenery through which they are passing, "the streams and lakes and waterfalls, or the lofty precipices and the dark mountains which came successively into view.
Page 113 - I think you had better embellish the story, at any rate, for I want it to be interesting." "So do I," said Madeline. "Then," said Beechnut, "I will give you an embellished account of my voyage across the Atlantic. But, in the first place, I must tell you how it happened that my father decided to leave Paris and come to America. It was mainly on my account. My father was well enough contented with his situation so far as he himself was concerned, and he was able to save a large part of his salary,...
Page 33 - ... mine, Mr. Cyrus Field. He was here only two or three weeks ago, and I was discussing with him the question of the ocean telegraph. He has spent almost all his life — I believe he has traversed the Atlantic seventy or eighty times — in connexion with his efforts in promoting ocean telegraphs, and it is impossible to say how long it would have been before we should have had an Atlantic cable if it had not been for him, and impossible to measure the amount of good he has conferred upon the United...
Page 131 - Is that the end?" asked Phonny, when Beechnut paused. "Yes," replied Beechnut, "I believe I had better make that the end." "I think it is a very interesting and well-told story," said Madeline. "And do you feel very tired?" "No," said Beechnut. "On the contrary, I feel all the better for my ride. I believe I will sit up a little while." So saying, he raised himself in the wagon and sat up, and began to look about him. "What a wonderful voyage you had, Beechnut!" said Phonny. "But I never knew before...
Page 5 - The development of the moral sentiments in the human heart, in early life, — and everything in fact which relates to the formation of character, — is determined in a far greater degree by sympathy, and by the influence of example, than by formal precepts and didactic instruction.
Page 120 - He poured out the shot, put his gold pieces in in place of it, and then filled up all the interstices between and around the gold pieces with sand, to prevent the money from jingling. Then he soldered the bottom of the canisters on again, and no one would have known that the weights were anything more than ordinary clock weights. He then packed the clock in a box, and put the box in his trunk. It did not take up a great deal of room, for he did not take the case of the clock, but only the face and...

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