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Father Brighthopes An Old Clergyman's Vacation   By: (1827-1916)

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FATHER BRIGHTHOPES

OR AN OLD CLERGYMAN'S VACATION

BY J. T. TROWBRIDGE

AUTHOR OF "NEIGHBOR JACKWOOD," "CUDJO'S CAVE," "LUCY ARLYN," ETC., ETC.

NEW YORK HURST & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

[Illustration]

PREFACE.

"Go through the gate, children," said my aunt, "if you wish to see the garden."

I looked out upon half a dozen merry urchins scaling the garden fence. One had already jumped down into a blackberry bush, which filled him with disgust and prickles. Another, having thrust his curly head between two rails, stuck fast, and began to cry out against the owner of the grounds my benevolent uncle as the author of his calamity.

Then it occurred to me that the prefatory leaf of a volume is like yonder wicket. The garden is not complete without it, although many reckless young people rush to the enclosure, creeping under and climbing over at any place, in order to plunge at once amid the fruits and flowers. But the wise always go through the gate; and the little fellow who leaps among the briers or hangs himself in the fence has only himself to blame for the misfortune.

So I resolved to put together this little wicket of a preface; and now, as I throw it open to my friends, let me say a few words about the garden walks I have prepared.

That they contain some things beautiful, as well as useful, is my sincere trust. Yet I warn thee, ardent youth, and thee, romantic maid, that you will find no hothouse plants, no frail exotics, here. I may promise you some stout sunflowers, however, pinks, pea blossoms and peonies, also a few fresh roses, born in the free country air.

Scorn not these homely scenes, my friends; for you may perchance find the morning glory of Truth blooming at your side; the vine of Hope overarching your path like a rainbow; yea, and the tree of Life growing in the midst of the garden.

I hope no one will complain of the gay birds singing and fluttering among the boughs; for they can do but slight damage to the sober fruit, and the visitor may owe it to their cheerful strains if he is preserved from drowsiness amid the odors of the poppy beds.

CONTENTS.

PREFACE

I. A "United Happy Family."

II. Chester

III. Evening at the Farm house

IV. The Old Clergyman

V. Chester's Confession

VI. Morning at the Farm

VII. Clouds and Sunshine

VIII. Country Scenes

IX. Mark, the Jockey

X. Company

XI. The Lovely and the Unloved

XII. Domestic Economy

XIII. Talk by the Way

XIV. Deacon Dustan's Policy

XV. The Philosophy of a Wooden Leg

XVI. Going to Meeting

XVII. Father Brighthopes in the Pulpit

XVIII. Mr. Kerchey

XIX. Monday Morning

XX. The Hay field

XXI. The Swamp lot

XXII. The Fight and the Victory

XXIII. Saturday Afternoon

XXIV. The Thunder storm

XXV. A Stream of Peace

XXVI. The Rainy Day

XXVII. "Old Folks and Young Folks"

XXVIII. Mr. Kerchey's Daring Exploit

XXIX. Mrs. Royden's Dinner party

XXX. The Old Clergyman's Farewell

XXXI. The Departure

XXXII. Reunion

XXXIII. Conclusion

FATHER BRIGHTHOPES;

OR, AN OLD CLERGYMAN'S VACATION.

I.

A "UNITED HAPPY FAMILY."

There was an unpleasant scowl on Mr. Royden's face, as he got out of his wagon in the yard, and walked, with a quick pace, towards the rear entrance of his house.

"Samuel!" said he, looking into the wood shed, "what are you about?"

The sharp tone of voice gave Samuel quite a start. He was filling a small flour sack with walnuts from a bushel basket placed upon the work bench, his left hand holding the mouth of the bag, while his right made industrious use of a tin dipper.

"O, nothing, nothing much!" he stammered, losing his hold of the sack, and making a hasty attempt to recover it. "There! blast it all!"

The sack had fallen down, and spilled its contents all over his feet.

"What are you doing with those nuts?" demanded Mr... Continue reading book >>




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