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Deep Moat Grange   By: (1860-1914)

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[Frontispiece: "Mr. Ablethorpe put up his hand to command silence.]

DEEP MOAT GRANGE

By

S. R. CROCKETT

HODDER & STOUGHTON

LONDON

MCMVIII

Butler & Tanner, The Selwood Printing Works, Frome and London

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

THE EMPTY MAIL GIG

CHAPTER II

POACHER DAVIE

CHAPTER III

THE BAILIFF OF DEEP MOAT GRANGE

CHAPTER IV

THE GOLDEN FARMER

CHAPTER V

WE MEET DAFT JEREMY

CHAPTER VI

THICKER THAN WATER

CHAPTER VII

FAMILY DISCIPLINE

CHAPTER VIII

MISS APHRA'S CURATE

CHAPTER IX

ELSIE'S VISITOR

CHAPTER X

THE BROM WATER MYSTERY

CHAPTER XI

THE IRON TRAPDOOR

CHAPTER XII

THE BRICKED PASSAGE

CHAPTER XIII

MEYSIE'S BAIRNS

CHAPTER XIV

BROWN PAINT VARNISHED!

CHAPTER XV

THE MYSTERY OF MYSTERIES A GIRL

CHAPTER XVI

MR. MUSTARD'S FIRST ASSISTANT

CHAPTER XVII

DREAR NIGHTED DECEMBER

CHAPTER XVIII

THE HUNTERS OF MEN

CHAPTER XIX

I HOOK MY FISH

CHAPTER XX

CONCERNING ELSIE

CHAPTER XXI

A JACKDAW'S TAIL FEATHER

CHAPTER XXII

ELSIE'S DIARY

CHAPTER XXIII

WITHIN THE MONKS' OVEN

CHAPTER XXIV

THE BREAKING DAM

CHAPTER XXV

A LETTER FROM JOSEPH YARROW, SENIOR, TO HIS SON JOSEPH YARROW, JUNIOR

CHAPTER XXVI

COMRADES IN CAPTIVITY

CHAPTER XXVII

HARRIET CAW ON CLERICAL CELIBACY

CHAPTER XXVIII

SATURDAY, THE TENTH OF FEBRUARY

CHAPTER XXIX

THE CALLING OF ELSIE

CHAPTER XXX

HOW ELSIE DANCED FOR HER LIFE

CHAPTER XXXI

THE HERO PLAYS SECOND FIDDLE

CHAPTER XXXII

"THERE'S NAE LUCK ABOOT THE HOOSE"

CHAPTER XXXIII

CONFESSION

CHAPTER XXXIV

JEREMY ORRIN, BREADWINNER

CHAPTER XXXV

THE WITNESSING OF MISER HOBBY

CHAPTER XXXVI

THE HOUSE OF DEATH

CHAPTER XXXVII

I AM HEROIC

CHAPTER XXXVIII

A FIT OF THE SULKS

CHAPTER XXXIX

THE THING THAT SCRATCHED

CHAPTER XL

WANTED A PENNY IN THE SLOT

CHAPTER I

THE EMPTY MAIL GIG

I was only a young fellow when these things began to happen among us, but I remember very well the morning when it first came out about the Bewick carrier. He was postman, too, but had got permission to keep a horse and cart so that he might make a good little bit by fetching parcels and orders from town. Town to us meant East Dene, and Bewick, to which Harry went, lay away to the east among the woods and hills. It was a lonesome place, Bewick, and, indeed, is still, though now they have got a railway coming within eight miles or so. But the mystery of the Moat Wood happened before there was any talk of railways.

Harry Foster was his name the carrier's, I mean and a common one enough in Northumberland. Many a ride have I gotten on his cart, which was a light one on springs blue body, orange shafts, panelled with red, and the shafts lined red. You could tell the cart anywhere. At least any of the Breckonside boys could, quite a mile away. And if it was too far to see the cart, there was no mistaking Dappled Bess, the carrier's horse, which was bright orange colour with white patches, like the circus pony the clown rides. You've seen that pony. They have one like that in every circus that has ever come to our town, and there's few that pass Breckonside Seager's, and Lord George's, and Bostock's, the Original and the Real Original, both, and in old days, so my father tells me, Wombwell's itself. Oh, a great place for circuses is Breckonside!

I will tell you about it. Breckonside, where I live, is a good big village about ten miles from the big town of East Dene, where there are docks and a floating landing stage, and a jail everything modern and up to date with railways and electricity cars, and a theatre every night almost, and tramcars that you can hang on behind, and mostly everything that makes a boy happy that is, for a day.

But still, give me Breckonside for steady... Continue reading book >>




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