The Mantel-piece Minstrels and Other Stories

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R. H. Russell & son, 1896 - Children's literature - 84 pages
Four tales about Jimmieboy and his adventures with animal friends that talk.

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Page 71 - ... broke out and laughed, while she broke down and cried, and asked him to forgive her, and whether it had hurt him very much; and said she knew he could bear to keep it from the others by the way he had kept it from her till he fainted. She implied that he was morally as well as physically gigantic, and it was as much as he could do to keep from taking her in his arms on the spot.
Page 77 - I wish we had a chicken salad machine like you in my house," said Jimmieboy , as he gazed at the dial, meanwhile gulping down the salad as fast as he could. "I'd give a dollar towards buying one myself.
Page 73 - ... a certain Mrs. So-and-so had called, and Jimmieboy's mother, when she had observed the state of the parlor floor, over which marbles and parcheesi men and paper dolls cut out of Sunday newspapers, and other things were strewn in great confusion, said she fancied she'd better receive Mrs. So-and-so in the public parlor...
Page 69 - ... very much because there were nineteen different kinds of dessert on the bill-offare every day, and buckwheat cakes always for breakfast. " That's the way to have things,
Page 73 - Hence Jimmieboy, for the first time, was left alone in the room with the delightful dial. He was usually an obedient child, but until now his temptation had not been very great. Here he was all by himself with that pointer pointing at him, and the little button seeming to grin while it softly sung the words, "Don't shove, just push.
Page 70 - It was truly a wonderful thing, that dial. It had a metal needle on it which could be whirled around this way and that until the little pin at the end of it stood directly over the printed word which represented what the person who was using it wanted.
Page 75 - In there," he said, pointing to his mother's room. The man in the blue shirt walked in, tried the cover, and finding that it was locked...
Page 78 - A man came up and built a fire, grumbling a little that he should have to do it on a warmish day ; the electrician called and asked what was wanted, only to be told by Jimmieboy that he didn't know ; and the sardine boy, now grown red in the face because of his continuous trips up and down, announced that the carriage was ready. The bath-room...
Page 77 - I didn't know it was going anywhere." " Maybe they'll know at the office," said the porter, and he was gone and the trunk with him. "Funny about that piece of pie,
Page 71 - ... which you let the pin rest. All of which seemed to Jimmieboy to be particularly lovely, and it was as much as he could do to keep from experimenting with it all the time. He had outlined in his mind a beautiful game for stormy days, which was, briefly, to shut his eyes, push the pointer blindly...

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