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Christopher and the Clockmakers   By: (1872-1968)

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CHRISTOPHER AND THE CLOCKMAKERS

[Illustration: "Those men one of them took a ring I saw him." FRONTISPIECE. See page 34.]

CHRISTOPHER AND THE CLOCKMAKERS

by

SARA WARE BASSETT

With Illustrations by William F. Stecher

Boston Little, Brown, and Company 1925

Copyright, 1925, by Sara Ware Bassett. All rights reserved

Published September, 1925

Printed in the United States of America

TO THE MEMORY OF

RICHARD PARSONS, SIMON WILLARD AND JOHN BAILEY,

A TRIO OF CONSCIENTIOUS CRAFTSMEN, WHOSE HANDIWORK STILL SURVIVES THEM TO CHEER MY HOME AND TESTIFY DAILY TO THEIR FIDELITY AND SKILL.

S. W. B.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I A CLOUD WITH A SILVER LINING 1

II CHRISTOPHER MAKES AN ACQUAINTANCE 12

III CHRISTOPHER ESCAPES BEING A HERO 31

IV AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE POLICE 39

V CHRISTOPHER ASTONISHES HIMSELF 49

VI CLOCKS THAT WERE GOOD AS PLAYS 64

VII AN EXCURSION 81

VIII AN ADVENTURE 101

IX CHRISTOPHER RECOGNIZES AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE 112

X AN AMAZING ADVENTURE 125

XI THE SEQUEL TO THE LETTER 137

XII CLOCK GIANTS 147

XIII CLOCKS ON LAND AND CLOCKS AT SEA 162

XIV HOW RUBIES, SAPPHIRES, AND GARNETS HELPED TO TELL TIME 176

XV CLOCKS IN AMERICA 187

XVI WHAT MASSACHUSETTS CONTRIBUTED 202

XVII THE ROMANCE OF THE WATCH 217

XVIII CHRISTOPHER HAS A BIRTHDAY 236

ILLUSTRATIONS

"THOSE MEN ONE OF THEM TOOK A RING I SAW HIM" Frontispiece

"SO YOU NEVER SAW AN OLD FELLOW LIKE THIS, EH?" Page 24

WHAT WAS IT THAT RENDERED THE FIGURE SO FAMILIAR? " 103

AH, WHAT AN EVENING THE TWO CRONIES HAD TOGETHER THAT NIGHT " 164

CHRISTOPHER AND THE CLOCKMAKERS

CHAPTER I

A CLOUD WITH A SILVER LINING

Christopher Mark Antony Burton was a tremendously imposing name to give a baby. When he lay in his crib, wee and helpless, he looked as if he might never survive the weight of it. Even later, when he began to toddle about on his small, unsteady feet, the sonorous pseudonym trailed in his wake, threatening to drag him down to an early grave.

Nevertheless his father protested against the burden being lightened one iota. Christopher Mark Antony Burton he had been christened and Christopher Mark Antony Burton he must remain. Had it not been his father's, his grandfather's, and his great grandfather's name before him; and all his life had not Mr. Burton longed for some one to whom to pass on the treasure of which he was so proud? And then on a happy day a son came upon the scene and presto , before the boy was an hour old, the ponderous appellation was clapped on his unlucky head.

Mr. Burton, however, did not consider the child unlucky not he! To bestow this signal honor afforded him infinite satisfaction. No gift he could have granted his heir could, in his opinion, equal much less surpass this one.

He had, to be sure, on the day of the baby's birth, deposited in the savings bank five hundred dollars to its credit; but what was money when weighed against being Christopher Mark Antony Burton, the fourth?

And Christopher had thrived despite the fact that life, no respecter of persons, did not spare him the misfortunes common to the race... Continue reading book >>




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