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Leerie   By: (1880-1970)

Leerie by Ruth Sawyer

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Ruth Sawyer

[Illustration: Leerie]





" And O! before you hurry by With ladder and with light, O Leerie, see a little child And nod to him to night! "


Made in the United States of America


Copyright 1920, by Harper & Brothers Printed in the United States of America

To Lamplighters the world over


Chap. Page

Foreword ix

I. The Man Who Feared Sleep 3

II. Old King Cole 40

III. The Changeling 77

IV. For the Honor of the San 116

V. The Last of the Surgical 155

VI. Monsieur Satan 191

VII. The Lad Who Outsang the Stars 232

VIII. Into Her Own 269

Afterword 306


Leerie Frontispiece

Holding him high for Peter to admire Facing p. 100

"The first look I had told me she had gone quite mad" " 216

"He will require more care, better dressing" " 302


I like to write stories. Best of all I like to write stories about people who help the world to go round with a little more cheer and good will than is usual. You know and I know there are a few who put into life something more than the bare ingredients. They add a plum here extra spice there. They bake it well and then they trim it up like an all the year round birthday cake with white frosting, angelica, and red cherries. Last of all they add the candles and light them so that it glows warmly and invitingly for all; fine to see, sweet to taste.

Of course, there are not so many people with the art or the will to do this, and, having done it, they have not always the bigness of heart to pass it round for the others to share. But I like to make it my business to find as many as I can; and when I am lucky enough to find one I pop him or her into a book, to have and to hold always as long as books last and memory keeps green.

Not long ago I was ill ridiculously ill and my doctor popped me into a sanitarium. "Here's the place," I said, "where people are needed to make the world go round cheerfully, if they are needed anywhere." And so I set about to get well and find one.

She came before I had half finished. The first thing I noticed was the inner light in her a light as from many candles. It shone all over her face and made the room brighter for a long time after she had left. The next thing I noticed was the way everybody watched for her to come round everybody turning child again with nose pressed hard against the window pane. It made me remember Stevenson's Lamplighter ; and for many days there rang in my ears one of his bits of human understanding:

And oh! before you hurry by with ladder and with light, O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him to night.

Before I knew it I had all the makings of a story. I trailed it through the mud of gossip and scandal; I followed it to the highroad of adventure and on to the hills of inspiration and sacrifice. It was all there ripe for the plucking; and with the good assistance of Hennessy I plucked it. Before the story was half written I was well so much for the healing grace of a story and the right person to put in it.

This much I have told that you may know that Leerie is as true as all the best and finest things in the world are true... Continue reading book >>

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