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Nobody's Boy Sans Famille   By: (1830-1907)

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NOBODY'S BOY

( Sans Famille )

BY HECTOR MALOT

TRANSLATED BY FLORENCE CREWE JONES

ILLUSTRATED IN COLOR BY JOHN B. GRUELLE

NEW YORK MDCCCCXVI CUPPLES & LEON COMPANY

Copyright, 1916, by CUPPLES & LEON COMPANY

Printed in U. S. A.

[Illustration: "THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF REMI'S COMPANY." ( See page 230 )]

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I MY VILLAGE HOME 1

II MY ADOPTED FATHER 10

III SIGNOR VITALIS' COMPANY 21

IV THE MATERNAL HOUSE 35

V EN ROUTE 43

VI MY D√ČBUT 49

VII CHILD AND ANIMAL LEARNING 61

VIII ONE WHO HAD KNOWN A KING 67

IX ARRESTED 74

X HOMELESS 85

XI ANOTHER BOY'S MOTHER 109

XII THE MASTER'S CONSENT 120

XIII WEARY DREARY DAYS 128

XIV THE DEATH OF PRETTY HEART 148

XV FAITHFUL FRIENDS 163

XVI THE PADRONE 169

XVII POOR VITALIS 184

XVIII NEW FRIENDS 194

XIX DISASTER 205

XX MATTIA 220

XXI MEETING OLD FRIENDS 236

XXII IMPRISONED IN A MINE 244

XXIII ONCE MORE UPON THE WAY 262

XXIV FRIENDSHIP THAT IS TRUE 270

XXV MOTHER, BROTHERS AND SISTERS 294

XXVI BITTER DISAPPOINTMENT 304

XXVII A DISTRESSING DISCOVERY 312

XXVIII A MYSTERIOUS STRANGER 330

XXIX IN PRISON 335

XXX ESCAPE 345

XXXI HUNTING FOR THE SWAN 353

XXXII FINDING A REAL MOTHER 359

XXXIII THE DREAM COME TRUE 368

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF REMI'S COMPANY" ( See Page 230 ) Frontispiece

PAGE

"I'LL GIVE YOU THIRTY FRANCS FOR HIM" 33

"FOR EACH CRY YOU WILL RECEIVE ANOTHER SLASH" 181

"LET US NOW PLAY FOR THOSE WE LOVE" 371

INTRODUCTION

"Nobody's Boy," published in France under the title "Sans Famille," has become justly famous as one of the supreme juvenile stories of the world. In the midst of its early popularity, it was crowned by the Academy as one of the masterpieces of French literature. A few years later, it was followed by "En Famille," which is published by us as a companion story under the title "Nobody's Girl."

"Nobody's Boy" is a human document of child experiences that is fascinating reading for young and old. Parents, teachers and others, who are careful to have children read inspiring books, will welcome this beautiful story of Hector Malot, as among the best for them to recommend.

Such digressions in the original, as do not belong to the heart of the story, have been eliminated, so that the lost boy's experiences continue as the undisturbed interest, on through to the happy conclusion.

Loyal friendship and honest conduct are the vital ideals of this story, and the heart interest is eloquent with noble character.

THE PUBLISHERS.

NOBODY'S BOY

CHAPTER I

MY VILLAGE HOME

I was a foundling. But until I was eight years of age I thought I had a mother like other children, for when I cried a woman held me tightly in her arms and rocked me gently until my tears stopped falling. I never got into bed without her coming to kiss me, and when the December winds blew the icy snow against the window panes, she would take my feet between her hands and warm them, while she sang to me. Even now I can remember the song she used to sing. If a storm came on while I was out minding our cow, she would run down the lane to meet me, and cover my head and shoulders with her cotton skirt so that I should not get wet... Continue reading book >>




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