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Cape Cod Folks   By: (1856-1935)

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[Illustration: CAPE COD FOLKS.]

CAPE COD FOLKS

BY

SARAH P. MCLEAN GREENE (SALLY PRATT McLEAN)

With Illustrations from the Play

NEW YORK

GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS

Copyrighted, 1881, By A. WILLIAMS & Co.

Copyrighted, 1904,

BY DEWOLFE, FISKE & Co.

TO W.N.G.

CONTENTS.

I. ON A MISSION

II. I BLOW THE HORN

III. THE BEAUX OF WALLENCAMP PERFORM A GRAVE DUTY

IV. THE TURKEY MOGUL ARRIVES

V. GRANDMA KEELER GETS GRANDPA READY FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL

VI. BECKY AND THE CRADLEBOW

VII. LUTE CRADLEBOW KISSES THE TEACHER

VIII. FESTIVITIES AT THE ARK

IX. LOVELL BARLOW "POPS THE QUESTION."

X. A LETTER FROM THE FISHERMAN

XI. A WALLENCAMP FUNERAL

XII. BECKY'S CONFESSION

XIII. A MILD WINTER ON THE CAPE

XIV. RESCUED BY THE CRADLEBOW

XV. DAVID ROLLIN IN THE SCHOOL ROOM

XVI. GEORGE OLVER'S LOVE FOR BECKY

XVII. TEACHER HAS THE FEVER. DEATH OF LITTLE BESSIE

XVIII. LUTE CRADLEBOW GIVES THE TEACHER A NEW CHAIR

XIX. DEATH OF THE CRADLEBOW

XX. GEORGE OLVER'S ORATION

XXI. FAREWELL TO WALLENCAMP

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CHAPTER I.

ON A MISSION.

"Lo, on a narrer neck o' land, 'Twixt two unbounded seas, I stand!"

Aunt Sibylla was not sporting, now, in the airy realms of metaphor. Aunt Sibylla stood upon Cape Cod, and her voice rang out with that peculiar sweep and power which the presence of a dread reality alone can give. Something of the precariousness of her situation, too, was expressed in The wild, alarming, though graceful, gesture of her arms.

It was before the long projected canal separating Cape Cod from the mainland had been put under active process of preparation.

It was at an evening meeting in the Wallencamp school house. A row of dingy, smoking lanterns had been set against the wall and afforded the only light cast upon the scene. Aunt Sibylla Cradlebow, the speaker, was tall and dark eyed, with an almost superhuman litheness of body, and a weird, beautiful face.

"And, oh, my dear brothers and sisters and onconvarted friends!" she continued; "how little do we realize the reskiness of our situwation here on the Cape! Here we stand with them ar identical unbounded seas a rollin' up on ary side of us! the world a pintin' at us as them that should be always ready, with our lamps trimmed and burnin'! and, yit, oh my dear brothers and sisters and onconvarted friends! as fur as I have been inland and I have been a consid'able ways inland, as you all know, whar it would seem no more than nateral that folks should settle down kind o' safe and easy on a dry land univarse I say, as fur as I have been inland, I never see sech keeryins on and carnal works, sech keerlessness for the present and onconsarn for the futur', as I have amongst the benighted critturs who stand before me this evenin', a straddlin' this poor, old, Godforsaken Pot Hook!"

Clearer and louder grew Aunt Sibylla's tones; her eyes lightened with terrible meaning; her words flowed with an unction that was unmistakable; and, at length, "Oh, run for the Ark, ye poor, lost sinners," she exclaimed. "Oh, run for the Ark, my onconvarted friends! Don't ye hear the waves a comin' in? They're a rollin' swift and sure! They're a rollin' in sure as death! Run for the Ark! Run for the Ark!"

Now, there was in Wallencamp a literal Ark, otherwise this exhortation would have lacked its most convincing force and significance. But Aunt Sibylla paused. Among the usually restless audience, there was a moment of almost breathless suspense. Not half a mile away, behind a strip of cedar woods, we could plainly hear the surf rolling in from the bay, breaking hard against the shore with its awful, monotonous moan, moan, moan.

My heart was already faint with home sickness. The effect of that waiting moment was as sombre as anything I had ever experienced. Much to my distaste, I found myself sympathizing with the vague terror and unrest around me... Continue reading book >>




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