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Crowded Out o' Crofield or, The Boy who made his Way   By: (1835-1925)

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[Frontispiece: The Sorrel Mare was tugging hard at the Rein .]

CROWDED OUT O' CROFIELD

OR

THE BOY WHO MADE HIS WAY

BY

WILLIAM O. STODDARD

SIXTH EDITION

NEW YORK

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

1897

COPYRIGHT, 1890,

BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY.

PREFACE.

Only a few of the kindly reviewers of the earlier editions of Crowded Out o' Crofield have suggested that it has at all exaggerated the possible career of its boy and girl actors. If any others have silently agreed with them, it may be worth while to say that the pictures of places and the doings of older and younger people are pretty accurately historical. The story and the writing of it were suggested in a conversation with an energetic American boy who was crowded out of his own village into a career which led to something much more surprising than a profitable junior partnership.

W. O. S.

NEW YORK, 1893.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER

I. THE BLACKSMITH'S BOY II. THE FISH WERE THERE III. I AM ONLY A GIRL IV. CAPTAIN MARY V. JACK OGDEN'S RIDE VI. OUT INTO THE WORLD VII. MARY AND THE EAGLE VIII. CAUGHT FOR A BURGLAR IX. NEARER THE CITY X. THE STATE HOUSE AND THE STEAMBOAT XI. DOWN THE HUDSON XII. IN A NEW WORLD XIII. A WONDERFUL SUNDAY XIV. FRIENDS AND ENEMIES XV. NO BOY WANTED XVI. JACK'S FAMINE XVII. JACK AT ALL TRADES XVIII. THE DRUMMER BOY XIX. COMPLETE SUCCESS

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

The Sorrel Mare was tugging hard at the Rein . . . Frontispiece

The Runaway

Along the Water's Edge

Fighting the Fire

"Run for Home"

He listened in silence

"There won't be any Eagle this week"

Just out

"I'm the Editor, sir"

"There," said Mr. Murdoch, "jump right in"

"Your map's all wrong," said Jack

The hotel clerk looked at Jack

His traveler friend was sound asleep

On Broadway, at last!

"How would he get in?"

Coffee and clams

Jack is homesick

"I've lost my pocket book"

"Ten cents left"

Jack dines with Mr. Keifelheimer

Buying a new hat

Jack speaks to the General

The return home

CROWDED OUT O' CROFIELD.

CHAPTER I.

THE BLACKSMITH'S BOY.

"I'm going to the city!"

He stood in the wide door of the blacksmith shop, with his hands in his pockets, looking down the street, toward the rickety old bridge over the Cocahutchie. He was a sandy haired, freckled faced boy, and if he was really only about fifteen, he was tall for his age. Across the top of the door, over his head, stretched a cracked and faded sign, with a horseshoe painted on one end and a hammer on the other, and the name "John Ogden," almost faded out, between them.

The blacksmith shop was a great, rusty, grimy clutter of work benches, vises, tools, iron in bars and rods, and all sorts of old iron scraps and things that looked as if they needed making over.

The forge was in the middle, on one side, and near it was hitched a horse, pawing the ground with a hoof that bore a new shoe. On the anvil was a brilliant, yellow red loop of iron, that was not quite yet a new shoe, and it was sending out bright sparks as a hammer fell upon it "thud, thud, thud," and a clatter. Over the anvil leaned a tall, muscular, dark haired, grimy man. His face wore a disturbed and anxious look, and it was covered with charcoal dust. There was altogether too much charcoal along the high bridge of his Roman nose and over his jutting eyebrows.

The boy in the door also had some charcoal on his cheeks and forehead, but none upon his nose. His nose was not precisely like the blacksmith's. It was high and Roman half way down, but just there was a little dent, and the rest of the nose was straight. His complexion, excepting the freckles and charcoal, was chiefly sunburn, down to the neckband of his blue checked shirt. He was a tough, wiry looking boy, and there was a kind of smiling, self confident expression in his blue gray eyes and around his firm mouth... Continue reading book >>




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