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Mr. Stubbs's Brother A Sequel to 'Toby Tyler'   By: (1848-1912)

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MR. STUBBS'S BROTHER

[Illustration: MR. STUBBS'S BROTHER MISBEHAVES HIMSELF [See p. 205]]

MR. STUBBS'S BROTHER

A Sequel to "TOBY TYLER"

BY JAMES OTIS

AUTHOR OF "TIM AND TIP," ETC.

ILLUSTRATED

[Illustration: Logo]

HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON

COPYRIGHT, 1882, 1910, BY HARPER & BROTHERS

COPYRIGHT, 1910, BY JAMES OTIS KALER

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE SCHEME 1

II. THE BLIND HORSE 14

III. ABNER BOLTON 31

IV. THE PONY 40

V. OLD BEN 54

VI. THE GREAT EVENT 66

VII. ATTRACTIONS FOR THE LITTLE CIRCUS 78

VIII. THE DINNER PARTY 91

IX. MR. STUBBS'S BROTHER 105

X. THE ACCIDENT 119

XI. CHANGE OF PLANS 131

XII. A REHEARSAL 143

XIII. THE RESULTS OF LONG TRAINING 156

XIV. RAISING THE TENT 170

XV. STEALING DUCKS 183

XVI. A LOST MONKEY 197

XVII. DRIVING A MONKEY 208

XVIII. COLLECTING THE ANIMALS 218

XIX. THE SHOW BROKE UP 231

XX. ABNER'S DEATH 237

ILLUSTRATIONS

MR. STUBBS'S BROTHER MISBEHAVES HIMSELF Frontispiece FACING PAGE PLANNING THE CIRCUS 14

MR. AND MRS. TREAT EXHIBIT PRIVATELY 92

TOBY RESCUES THE CROWING HEN FROM MR. STUBBS'S BROTHER 234

MR. STUBBS'S BROTHER

CHAPTER I

THE SCHEME

"Why, we could start a circus jest as easy as a wink, Toby, 'cause you know all about one an' all you'd have to do would be to tell us fellers what to do, an' we'd 'tend to the rest."

"Yes; but you see we hain't got a tent, or bosses, or wagons, or nothin', an' I don't see how you could get a circus up that way;" and the speaker hugged his knees as he rocked himself to and fro in a musing way on the rather sharp point of a large rock, on which he had seated himself in order to hear what his companions had to say that was so important.

"Will you come down with me to Bob Atwood's, an' see what he says about it?"

"Yes, I'll do that if you'll come out afterwards for a game of I spy 'round the meetin' house."

"All right; if we can find enough of the other fellers, I will."

Then the boys slipped down from the rocks, found the cows, and drove them home as the preface to their visit to Bob Atwood's.

The boy who was so anxious to start a circus was a little fellow with such a wonderful amount of remarkably red hair that he was seldom called anything but Reddy, although his name was known by his parents, at least to be Walter Grant. His companion was Toby Tyler, a boy who, a year before, had thought it would be a very pleasant thing to run away from his Uncle Daniel and the town of Guilford in order to be with a circus, and who, in ten weeks, was only too glad to run back home as rapidly as possible.

During the first few months of his return, very many brilliant offers had been made Toby by his companions to induce him to aid them in starting an amateur circus; but he had refused to have anything to do with the schemes, and for several reasons. During the ten weeks he had been away, he had seen quite as much of a circus life as he cared to see, without even such a mild dose as would be this amateur show; and, again, whenever he thought of the matter, the remembrance of the death of his monkey, Mr. Stubbs, would come upon him so vividly, and cause him so much sorrow, that he resolutely put the matter from his mind... Continue reading book >>




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