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Nuttie's Father   By: (1823-1901)

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Nuttie's Father

by

Charlotte M. Yonge

CONTENTS

I. ST. AMBROSE'S CHOIR. II. MONKS HORTON. III. HEIR HUNTING. IV. A NAME. V. SUSPENSE. VI. THE WATER SOLDIER. VII. THAT MAN. VIII. THE FATHER. IX. NEW PLUMES. X. BRIDGEFIELD EGREMONT. XI. LAWN TENNIS. XII. OUT OF WORK. XIII. DETRIMENTALS. XIV. GOING AGEE. XV. A CASTLE OF UMBRELLAS. XVI. INFRA DIG. XVII. AN OLD FRIEND. XVIII. A FRIEND IN NEED. XIX. THE VORTEX. XX. WOLF. XXI. URSULA'S RECEPTION. XXII. DISENCHANTMENT. XXIII. A FAILURE. XXIV. FARMS OR UMBRELLAS. XXV. THE GIGGLING SCOTCH GIRL. XXVI. THREE YEARS LATER. XXVII. THE BOY OF EGREMONT. XXVIII. A BRAVE HEART. XXIX. A FRESH START. XXX. NUTTIE'S PROSPECTS. XXXI. SPES NON FRACTA. XXXII. BLACKS IN THE ASCENDANT. XXXIII. THE LOST HEIR. XXXIV. FETTERS RENT. XXXV. THE HULL OF THE URSULA. XXXVI. NUTTIE'S KNIGHT. XXXVII. FOUND AND TAKEN. XXXVIII. THE UMBRELLA MAN. XXXIX. ANNAPLE'S AMBITION FALLEN.

CHAPTER I.

ST. AMBROSE'S CHOIR.

'For be it known That their saint's honour is their own.' SCOTT.

The town of Micklethwayte was rising and thriving. There were salubrious springs which an enterprising doctor had lately brought into notice. The firm of Greenleaf and Dutton manufactured umbrellas in large quantities, from the stout weather proof family roof down to the daintiest fringed toy of a parasol. There were a Guild Hall and a handsome Corn Market. There was a Modern School for the boys, and a High School for the girls, and a School of Art, and a School of Cookery, and National Schools, and a British School, and a Board School, also churches of every height, chapels of every denomination, and iron mission rooms budding out in hopes to be replaced by churches.

Like one of the animals which zoologists call radiated, the town was constantly stretching out fresh arms along country roads, all living and working, and gradually absorbing the open spaces between. One of these arms was known as St. Ambrose's Road, in right of the church, an incomplete structure in yellow brick, consisting of a handsome chancel, the stump of a tower, and one aisle just weather tight and usable, but, by its very aspect, begging for the completion of the beautiful design that was suspended above the alms box.

It was the evening of a summer day which had been very hot. The choir practice was just over, and the boys came out trooping and chattering; very small ones they were; for as soon as they began to sing tolerably they were sure to try to get into the choir of the old church, which had a foundation that fed, clothed, taught, and finally apprenticed them. So, though the little fellows were clad in surplices and cassocks, and sat in the chancel for correctness sake, there was a space round the harmonium reserved for the more trustworthy band of girls and young women who came forth next, followed by four or five mechanics.

Behind came the nucleus of the choir a slim, fair haired youth of twenty; a neat, precise, well trimmed man, closely shaven, with stooping shoulders, at least fifteen years older, with a black poodle at his heels, as well shorn as his master, newly risen from lying outside the church door; a gentle, somewhat drooping lady in black, not yet middle aged and very pretty; a small eager, unformed, black eyed girl, who could hardly keep back her words for the outside of the church door; a tall self possessed handsome woman, with a fine classical cast of features; and lastly, a brown faced, wiry hardworking clergyman, without an atom of superfluous flesh, but with an air of great energy.

'Oh! vicar, where are we to go?' was the question so eager to break forth.

'Not to the Crystal Palace, Nuttie. The funds won't bear it. Mr. Dutton says we must spend as little as possible on locomotion.'

'I'm sure I don't care for the Crystal Palace... Continue reading book >>




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