Jolly Good Times: Or, Child-life on a Farm

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Roberts Brothers, 1877 - Aunts - 277 pages
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Based on the author's early years growing up on a Massachusetts farm, this story follows the adventures of Millie Kendall and her brothers Teddy and Ralph.
 

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Page 177 - Lothrop and eighty-four men under his command, including eighteen teamsters from Deerfield, conveying stores from that town to Hadley, were ambuscaded by about 700 Indians, and the captain and seventy-six men slain, Sept. 18th, 1675, (old style.) The soldiers who fell were described by a cotemporary historian, as 'a choice company of young men, the very flower of the County of Essex, none of whom were ashamed to speak with the enemy in the gate.
Page 187 - Here lyeth the body of Mrs. Eunice Williams, the virtuous and desirable consort of the Rev. John Williams, and daughter of Rev. Eleazer and Mrs. Esther Mather of Northampton. She was born Aug. 2, 1664, and fell by the rage of the barbarous enemy, March 1, 1703 — 4. — Prov. xxxi. 28. Her children rise up and call her blessed.
Page 239 - ... perceived an iron door. He pushed against it, and it opened, when he found an easy descent, which he walked down, with his arrow in his hand. He had not advanced many steps, before he entered a spacious and beautiful garden, and at a little distance he saw a very magnificent palace. As he drew near to it, he was met by a very beautiful lady ; her air was graceful and majestic, yet sweetly easy and encouraging ; her dress, brilliant beyond imagination ; and a large troop of handsome and well-dressed...
Page 177 - ... Her lake a sheet of silver, and her plain Rent by no ravage save the gentle plough ; Her aged trees rise thick as once the slain Lay where their roots are ; but a brook hath ta'en — A little rill of scanty stream and bed — A name of blood from that day's sanguine rain ; And Sanguinetto tells ye where the dead Made the earth wet, and turned the unwilling waters red.
Page 28 - ... thanked us for the interest we had taken in the matter, and said that information had been lodged that two cavalry-men were missing from camp, and presumed these were the parties; and said he should send out a detachment, and if possible capture them. We subsequently learned they were not captured. You might as well look for a needle in a haymow as to hunt for deserters in the forests, chaparral, and mountains of Texas.
Page 239 - ... this interposition would produce. While he meditated on these matters, he entered imperceptibly, some of the irregular breaks of the rocks, in one of which he perceived an iron door. He pushed against it, and it opened, when he found an easy descent, which he walked down, with his arrow in his hand. He had not advanced many steps, before he entered a spacious and beautiful garden, and at a little distance he saw a very magnificent palace. As he drew near to it, he was met by a very beautiful...
Page 271 - When the work was done, in the early twilight, every one, grown people, children, and all, sat in the parlor with no light but the dancing, flickering blaze of the open fire, and told stories. The children were well content to listen, it was so interesting to hear what father did " when he was a boy," or mother
Page 256 - Aaron, assisted, as they supposed, by the boys, was building a fire in the brick oven, only heated on great occasions. A pot, boiling on the stove, and sending out clouds of steam, contained pumpkin for pies. Millie had her sleeves rolled up, and wore one of her mother's big aprons and an air of importance. She was beating eggs for the cake Aunt Olive was making. "Let me beat now,
Page 248 - Every one looked wise and important, as if nothing would induce them to tell. Teddy pried about, making longer and longer sallies from his post, trying to have eyes all over his head at once. The girls tittered, and looked down the bay towards the cow stable. Teddy ventured a little farther that way, when, lo! Ralph swung himself down plump from the scaffolding overhead, and with long strides made the goal before Teddy could half get there. " Now it was Millie's turn to be

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