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The Rich Little Poor Boy   By: (1875-1951)

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THE RICH LITTLE POOR BOY

ELEANOR GATES

[Illustration: WHAT HE SAW THERE HELD HIM SPELLBOUND IN HIS CHAIR]

THE RICH LITTLE POOR BOY

BY

ELEANOR GATES

AUTHOR OF "THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL," "THE PLOW WOMAN," "THE BIOGRAPHY OF A PRAIRIE GIRL," "ALEC LLOYD, COW PUNCHER," "PIGGIE," ETC.

[Illustration]

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY NEW YORK :: MCMXXII :: LONDON

COPYRIGHT, 1922, BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

TO

F. F. M.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. THE WICKED GIANT 1

II. PRIDE AND PENALTY 10

III. A FEAST AND AN EXCURSION 17

IV. THE FOUR MILLIONAIRES 24

V. NEW FRIENDS 36

VI. THE DEAREST WISH 52

VII. A SERIOUS STEP 60

VIII. MORE TREASURES 68

IX. ONE EYE 79

X. THE SURPRISE 93

XI. THE DISCOVERY 108

XII. A PRODIGAL PUFFED UP 117

XIII. CHANGES 122

XIV. THE HEAVEN THAT NEARLY HAPPENED 138

XV. SCOUTS 144

XVI. HOPE DEFERRED 153

XVII. MR. PERKINS 160

XVIII. THE ROOF 172

XIX. A DIFFERENT CIS 183

XX. THE HANDBOOK 190

XXI. THE MEETING 201

XXII. CIS TELLS A SECRET 212

XXIII. ROSES THAT TATTLED 219

XXIV. FATHER PAT 233

XXV. AN ALLY CROSSES A SWORD 241

XXVI. THE END OF A LONG DAY 247

XXVII. ANOTHER GIFT 255

XXVIII. ANOTHER STORY 275

XXIX. REVOLT 290

XXX. DISASTER 300

XXXI. THE VISION 318

XXXII. HELP 330

XXXIII. ONE EYE FIGHTS 345

XXXIV. SIR ALGERNON 357

XXXV. GOOD BYS 363

XXXVI. LEFT BEHIND 373

XXXVII. UPS AND DOWNS 379

XXXVIII. ANOTHER GOOD BY 391

XXXIX. THE LETTER 400

XL. "THE TRUE WAY" 407

THE RICH LITTLE POOR BOY

ELEANOR GATES

CHAPTER I

THE WICKED GIANT

HE was ten. But his clothes were forty. And it was this difference in the matter of age, and, consequently, in the matter of size, that explained why, at first sight, he did not show how thin bodied he was, but seemed, instead, to be rather a stout little boy. For his faded, old shirt, with its wide sleeves lopped off just above his elbows, and his patched trousers, shortened by the scissors to knee length, were both many times too large for him, so that they lay upon him, front, back and sides, in great, overlapping pleats that were, in turn, bunched into heavy tucks; and his kitchen apron, worn with the waistband about his neck, the strings being tied at the back, also lent him if viewed from the front an appearance both of width and weight.

But he was not stout. His frame was not even fairly well covered. From the apron hem in front, the two legs that led down to the floor were scarcely larger than lead piping. From the raveling ends of his short sleeves were thrust out arms that matched the legs bony, skinny arms, pallid as to color, and with hardly any more shape to them than there was to the poker of the cookstove. But while the lead pipe legs ended in the sort of hard, splinter defying boy's feet that could be met with on any stretch of pavement outside the tenement, the bony arms did not end in boyish hands... Continue reading book >>




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