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A Lover in Homespun And Other Stories   By: (1865-1937)

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A LOVER IN HOMESPUN

AND OTHER STORIES

BY

F. CLIFFORD SMITH

SECOND EDITION

TORONTO: WILLIAM BRIGGS 29 33 Richmond St. West MONTREAL: C.W. COATES. HALIFAX: S.F. HUESTIS. PHILADELPHIA: HENRY ALTEMUS. 1896

ENTERED, according to Act of the Parliament of Canada, in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety six, by WILLIAM BRIGGS, at the Department of Agriculture.

To My Mother,

WHO HAS TAKEN SUCH A WARM AND LOVING INTEREST IN MY LITERARY ENDEAVORS,

I DEDICATE

MY BOOK OF CANADIAN STORIES.

CONTENTS.

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A Lover in Homespun 7

The Faith that Removes Mountains 31

A Pair of Boots 50

A Prairie Episode 79

A Daughter of the Church 105

A Perilous Encounter 125

Le Loup Garou 134

A Christmas Adventure 148

Narcisse's Friend 155

A Strange Presentiment 170

A Memorable Dinner 184

A Lover in Homespun.

Onesime Charest, farmer, of L'Orignal, was a happy man. As he drove through the quaint little French Canadian village, on his way to the railway station, he was saluted by the villagers with much ceremony.

Everyone knew perfectly well just what it was that was taking farmer Charest to the station this beautiful hazy afternoon. Over a week had now elapsed since he received the letter from his son Zotique, in the United States, saying he would be home on September 10th.

Before the important communication had been in the village a day, it was common property, and had been read and re read until almost every soul in the place knew it off by heart.

The wanderer's return was to be made more momentous by Madame Charest inviting a large number of guests to a party, to be given by her the evening he returned.

If these worthy people were in a joyous mood the night of the party, nature appeared equally so; for by the time the first hay cart, with its burden of guests, drove up to the scene of the festivities, the moon, as though specially engaged to do duty on this honored occasion, stood right over farmer Charest's house, and with jovial countenance beamed into the faces of the arriving guests, and threw such a kindly light over the farmer's rough, nondescript garments as to make them look almost like good, soft broadcloth. It also paid flattering attention to Madame Charest, and so beautified her thin face and silvered her grey hair, as she stood in the door and welcomed the arrivals, as to make the neighbors affirm and that in a manner that it would have been utterly useless to try and gainsay that she looked far younger than she did ten years ago!

The lion of the hour, of course, was the wanderer Zotique. He stood in the main room of the house, the kitchen, near the long improvised table, with its burden of seductive viands, and shook hands with the guests without even the slightest tinge of the superiority which it was thought he would, and that justly, assume.

Notwithstanding his graciousness, however, he was looked upon with no little awe. He had grown so tall, got so broad shouldered, become the owner of such a soft, curling moustache, and wore such fine clothes and white linen as to quite throw in the shade his elder brother Vital, and the other men present, who wore, as was customary on all occasions state or otherwise the dark woollen suits and grey woollen shirts, with the long pointed, attached collars.

Had Zotique not been a sensible fellow, he would surely have had his head turned by the many flattering things said to him.

It so chanced, too, that remarks were passed about him to his parents and brother, sotto voce , which, strange as it may appear, managed in some unaccountable manner always to reach his ears.

"He certainly has grown good looking, very good looking," thought Vital, as he hovered about his younger brother... Continue reading book >>




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