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Bill the Minder   By: (1872-1944)

Bill the Minder by W. Heath (William Heath) Robinson

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Where changes have been made to the text these are listed at the end of the book.

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BILL THE MINDER

Written and illustrated by

W·HEATH ROBINSON

NEW YORK HENRY HOLT & CO· 1912

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Edinburgh: T. and A. CONSTABLE, Printers to His Majesty

TO

THE GOOD CHILDREN OF CHLOE AND CRISPIN THE GATHERER OF MUSHROOMS CHAD, HANNIBAL, QUENTIN, RANDALL, NOAH, RATCHETT, NERO, BIDDULPH, KNUT, AND THE TRULY VIRTUOUS AND BEAUTIFUL BOADICEA, THIS BOOK IS MOST HUMBLY AND RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED BY THE FAITHFUL NARRATOR OF THEIR EVER WONDERFUL ADVENTURES.

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CONTENTS

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CONTENTS

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BILL THE MINDER 1

THE KING OF TROY 15

THE ANCIENT MARINER 33

THE TRIPLETS 51

GOOD AUNT GALLADIA 65

THE DOCTOR 79

THE RESPECTABLE GENTLEMAN 97

THE SICILIAN CHAR WOMAN 115

THE INTERVAL 133

THE REAL SOLDIER 147

THE WILD MAN 165

THE MUSICIAN 183

THE LOST GROCER 199

THE MERCHANT'S WIFE 213

THE CAMP FOLLOWERS 227

THE SIEGE OF TROY 241

THE END 255

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THE KING OF TROY COMPELLED TO ASK HIS WAY To face page 30

THE SPORT OF EVERY MER KID " 48

HE WAS ALWAYS AT HAND " 58

I FELL FROM MY POSITION " 72

THE LORD MAYOR HELD A LONG COUNCIL " 88

THE RESPECTABLE GENTLEMAN " 110

BASIL HERBERT DEVELOPS A CHILBLAIN " 122

AND LEFT HIM TO HAVE HIS CRY OUT " 140

REGINALD COMPLETELY LOST HIS TEMPER " 156

HARMLESS INDEED WERE OUR JOYS " 168

AND PLAYED IT FOR MY DELIGHT " 190

FOLLOWED HIM AT THE GREATEST SPEED " 208

BRINGING WITH THEM A LITTLE OLD MAN " 216

THEY CAME UPON A GREAT STONE SPHINX " 230

CLOSELY OBSERVED FROM THE WATCH TOWERS " 244

BILL THE MINDER

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TITLE PAGE 1

HEADPIECE 2

HIS HOWLS BECAME TERRIFIC 7

ALWAYS INVENTING NEW WAYS OF MINDING 10

YOUNG TOOTH CUTTERS FORGOT THEIR TROUBLES 11

THE ONLY MINDER OF THE DISTRICT 13

TAILPIECE 14

THE KING OF TROY

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