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The Old Tobacco Shop A True Account of What Befell a Little Boy in Search of Adventure   By: (1877-1937)

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Transcriber's note: Archaic and variable spelling preserved as printed. Author's punctuation style preserved. Hyphenation standardized. Passages in italics indicated by underscore .

[Illustration: The Old Tobacco Shop By William Bowen ]

The Old Tobacco Shop

Also By WILLIAM BOWEN The Enchanted Forest The Old Tobacco Shop

[Illustration: "Lord bless us!" cried the hunch back. "Look at that!"]

The Old Tobacco Shop

A True Account of What Befell a Little Boy in Search of Adventure

By William Bowen

Though you believe it not, I care not much: but an honest man, and of good judgment, believeth still what is told him, and that which he finds written. RABELAIS.

New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1921 All rights reserved

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

COPYRIGHT, 1921 BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

Set up and Electrotyped. Published October, 1921

FERRIS PRINTING COMPANY NEW YORK

To BILLY AND JOHN TWO LITTLE BOYS

PRINCIPAL PERSONS

Freddie Mr. Toby Aunt Amanda Mr. Punch The Churchwarden Mr. Hanlon The Sly Old Fox The Old Codger with the Wooden Leg Mr. Lemuel Mizzen The Cabin Boy Marmaduke Captain Lingo Ketch the Practitioner The Third Vice President Mr. Matthew Speak Shiraz the Rug Merchant The King and Queen Robert, Jenny, and James Mr. Punch's Father

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

1. "Lord bless us!" cried the hunch back. "Look at that!" Frontispiece

2. "I'm Lemuel Mizzen, A.B., that's me!" 50

3. "L l Lem!" shrieked the parrot. "Who's your f f f friends?" 86

4. Mr. Hanlon was standing on his feet by the log on which his head had been cut off 134

5. Shiraz the Rug Merchant looked at his visitors with little beady black eyes 188

6. "Ah, yes," said Aunt Amanda, "there's no place like the Old Tobacco Shop after all" 235

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. Mr. Punch and the Clock Tower 1

II. Aunt Amanda and the Two Old Codgers 9

III. Introducing the Churchwarden 22

IV. In which Mr. Hanlon makes a Great Impression 31

V. The Chinaman's Head 39

VI. Lemuel Mizzen, A.B. 48

VII. The Hands of the Clock come Together 54

VIII. Celluloid Cuffs and a Silk Hat 60

IX. The Odour of Sanctity 65

X. Captain Higginson and the Spanish Main 69

XI. A Mixed Company in search of Adventure 74

XII. The Voyage of the Sieve 81

XIII. The Cabin Boy's Revenge 93

XIV. The Cruise of the Mattresses 107

XV. A Fall in the Dark 111

XVI. Captain Lingo and a Fine Piece of Head Work 122

XVII. High Dudgeon and Low Dudgeon 139

XVIII. The Society for Piratical Research 146

XIX. A Knock at the Door 160

XX. The City of Towers 171

XXI. Shiraz the Rug Merchant 178

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