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A Great Emergency and Other Tales   By: (1841-1885)

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A GREAT EMERGENCY AND OTHER TALES.

by

JULIANA HORATIA EWING

London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Northumberland Avenue, W.C. Brighton: 129, North Street. New York: E. & J. B. Young & Co. [Published under the direction of the General Literature Committee.]

DEDICATED TO

JOHN,

LORD BISHOP OF FREDERICTON,

AND TO HIS DEAR WIFE

MARGARET,

IN PLEASANT AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF

NEW BRUNSWICK,

BY J.H.E.

CONTENTS.

A GREAT EMERGENCY.

I. Rupert's Lectures The Old Yellow Leather Book

II. Henrietta A Family Chronicle The School Mimic My First Fight

III. School Cricket Lemon Kali The Boys' Bridge An Unexpected Emergency

IV. A Doubtful Blessing A Family Failing Old Battles The Canal Carrier's Home

V. The Navy Captain Seven Parrots in a Fuchsia Tree The Harbour Lion and the Silver Chain The Legless Giants Down Below Johnson's Wharf

VI. S. Philip and S. James The Monkey Barge and the Dog War, Plague, and Fire The Dulness of Everyday Life

VII. We Resolve to Run Away Scruples Baby Cecil I Prepare I Run Away

VIII. We Go on Board The Pie An Explosion Mr. Rowe the Barge Master The White Lion Two Letters We Doubt Mr. Rowe's Good Faith

IX. A Coasting Voyage Musk Island Linnet Flash Mr. Rowe an Old Tar The Dog Fancier at Home

X. Locks We Think of Going on the Tramp Pyebridge We Set Sail

XI. Mr. Rowe on Barge Women The River Nine Elms A Mysterious Noise Rough Quarters A Cheap Supper John's Berth We Make Our Escape Out into the World

XII. Emergencies and Policemen Fenchurch Street Station Third Class to Custom House A Ship Forest

XIII. A Dirty Street A Bad Boy Shipping and Merchandise We Stowaway on Board the 'Atalanta' A Salt Tear

XIV. A Glow on the Horizon A Fantastic Peal What I Saw when the Roof Fell In

XV. Henrietta's Diary A Great Emergency

XVI. Mr. Rowe on the Subject Our Cousin Weston Gets Into Print The Harbour's Mouth What Lies Beyond

A VERY ILL TEMPERED FAMILY.

I. A Family Failing

II. Ill Tempered People and Their Friends Narrow Escapes The Hatchet Quarrel

III. Warnings My Aunt Isobel Mr. Rampant's Temper, and His Conscience

IV. Cases of Conscience Ethics of Ill Temper

V. Celestial Fire I Choose a Text

VI. Theatrical Properties I Prepare a Play Philip Begins to Prepare the Scenery A New Friend

VII. A Quarrel Bobby is Willing Exit Philip

VIII. I Hear from Philip A New Part Wanted I Lose My Temper We All Lose Our Tempers

IX. Self Reproach Family Discomfort Out on the Marsh Victory

OUR FIELD

MADAM LIBERALITY.

PART I

PART II

A GREAT EMERGENCY.

CHAPTER I.

RUPERT'S LECTURES THE OLD YELLOW LEATHER BOOK.

We were very happy I, Rupert, Henrietta, and Baby Cecil. The only thing we found fault with in our lives was that there were so few events in them.

It was particularly provoking, because we were so well prepared for events any events. Rupert prepared us. He had found a fat old book in the garret, bound in yellow leather, at the end of which were "Directions how to act with presence of mind in any emergency;" and he gave lectures out of this in the kitchen garden.

Rupert was twelve years old. He was the eldest. Then came Henrietta, then I, and last of all Baby Cecil, who was only four. The day I was nine years old, Rupert came into the nursery, holding up his handsome head with the dignified air which became him so well, that I had more than once tried to put it on myself before the nursery looking glass, and said to me, "You are quite old enough now, Charlie, to learn what to do whatever happens; so every half holiday, when I am not playing cricket, I'll teach you presence of mind near the cucumber frame, if you're punctual. I've put up a bench."

I thanked him warmly, and the next day he put his head into the nursery at three o'clock in the afternoon, and said "The lecture."

I jumped up, and so did Henrietta.

"It's not for girls," said Rupert; "women are not expected to do things when there's danger... Continue reading book >>




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