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Mike Marble His Crotchets and Oddities.   By: (1812-1859)

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Transcriber's Note: Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.

[Illustration: MIKE'S CROTCHETS IN WAR TIME.]

UNCLE FRANK'S BOY'S & GIRL'S LIBRARY, BY

FRANCIS C. WOODWORTH,

EDITOR OF WOODWORTH'S YOUTH'S CABINET.

[Illustration]

MIKE MARBLE:

HIS CROTCHETS AND ODDITIES.

With Tinted Illustrations.

BY

UNCLE FRANK,

AUTHOR OF "A PEEP AT OUR NEIGHBORS," "THE PEDDLER'S BOY," "THE DIVING BELL," "WILLOW LANE STORIES," ETC.

BOSTON: PHILLIPS, SAMPSON & COMPANY, PUBLISHERS.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852, By PHILLIPS, SAMPSON & CO., In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the District of Massachusetts.

STEREOTYPED BY BILLIN & BROTHERS, No. 10 NORTH WILLIAM STREET, N.Y. WRIGHT & HASTY, Printers, 3 Water Street, Boston.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

CHAPTER I. ABOUT CROTCHETS 7

CHAPTER II. CROTCHETY FOLKS 15

CHAPTER III. LIGHTS AND SHADOWS 27

CHAPTER IV. CHIPS FROM BIRCH WOODS 35

CHAPTER V. A PAIR OF THIEVES 54

CHAPTER VI. PAYING HIM OFF 68

CHAPTER VII. MIKE'S CROTCHETS IN WAR TIME 92

CHAPTER VIII. THE BUMBLE BEES' NEST 109

CHAPTER IX. HOW A BARN WAS BUILT 127

CHAPTER X. ANOTHER BLOCK OF MARBLE 134

CHAPTER XI. MIKE MARBLE'S LAST DAYS 150

ILLUSTRATIONS.

MIKE'S CROTCHETS IN WAR TIME (Frontispiece)

VIGNETTE TITLE PAGE 1

THE BOY IN THE WOODS 48

OLD IRONSIDES AND THE CHILDREN 63

A CRYING SPELL 77

PAYING FOR MISCHIEF 124

MIKE MARBLE AND THE BEGGAR 135

MIKE MARBLE IN HIS OLD AGE 147

MIKE MARBLE.

CHAP. I.

ABOUT CROTCHETS.

Don't be frightened, reader, at what you see on the title page of this book, or at the head which I have given to my first chapter. Don't let the idea creep into your head, that I am going to give you a dull and sleepy essay on music. It is not the crotchets which you find in the singing book, that I intend to talk about; I leave them to those who know more about them than I do. There is a man of my acquaintance, whom I could hunt up without much trouble, and who, if you should ever choose to give him a chance, would talk you deaf, and write you blind, about this sort of crotchets, together with all the members of that noisy family breves, semibreves, minims, and what not! I'll refer you to him, for all the mysteries of the gamut . Whenever you want to learn them, I assure you he would like no better fun than to teach them to you. I'll not interfere with his trade.

My business is with another family of crotchets. Webster Noah Webster, the man who made the spelling book, out of which Uncle Frank learned to say, or rather to drawl his letters gives, in his large dictionary, as one of the definitions of the word crotchet , this: "a peculiar turn of mind, a whim, a fancy." Here you have just that kind of crotchet that I am going to deal with... Continue reading book >>




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