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THE SANDMAN. HIS FARM STORIES

Sandman Stories

Each, one vol., 12mo, illustrated, $1.75

By William J. Hopkins

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L. C. PAGE & COMPANY 53 Beacon Street Boston, Mass.

[Illustration Little John]

The Sandman: His Farm Stories

By William J. Hopkins

With Fifty Illustrations by Ada Clendenin Williamson

[Illustration]

Boston The Page Company Publishers

Copyright, 1902 BY THE PAGE COMPANY

All rights reserved

Made in U.S.A.

PRINTED BY THE COLONIAL PRESS INC. CLINTON, MASS., U.S.A.

To that Little John of to day who has inspired these stories of that other Little John of long ago this volume is most affectionately dedicated

PREFACE

Whatever may be thought of these stories by older people, they have served, with some others, to induce a certain little boy to go to sleep, and for nearly three years my one listener has heard them repeated many times, and his interest has never flagged. As the farm stories slowly grew in number, they entirely displaced the other stories, and that farm has become as real in the mind of my audience as it was in fact when little John was driving the cows, or planting the corn, seventy five years ago.

The detail, which may seem excessive to an older critic, was in every case, until I had learned to put it in at the start, the result of a searching cross examination. If the bars were not put up again, the cows might get out; and if the oxen did not pass, on their return, all the familiar objects, how did they get back to the barn? It is the young critics that I hope to please, those whose years count no more than six. If they like these farm stories half as well as my own young critic likes them, I shall be satisfied.

WILLIAM J. HOPKINS.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE OXEN STORY 13

II. THE FINE HOMINY STORY 21

III. THE APPLE STORY 36

IV. THE WHOLE WHEAT STORY 47

V. THE STUMP STORY 59

VI. THE HORSIE STORY 64

VII. THE LOG STORY 71

VIII. THE UNCLE SAM STORY 80

IX. THE MARKET STORY 84

X. THE MAPLE SUGAR STORY 96

XI. THE RAIL FENCE STORY 110

XII. THE COW STORY 120

XIII. THE HAY STORY 135

XIV. THE FIREPLACE STORY 146

XV. THE BAKING STORY 156

XVI. THE SWIMMING STORY 165

XVII. THE CHICKEN STORY 175

XVIII. THE SHAWL STORY 184

XIX. THE BUYING FARM STORY 198

XX. THE BUTTER STORY 203

XXI. THE BEAN POLE STORY 210

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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LITTLE JOHN Frontispiece

"AND TO WASH THEIR FACES AND HANDS" 14

"RAN DOWN THE SPOUT TO THE HOGSHEAD" 15

"UNCLE JOHN TOOK THE BARS DOWN" 17

"HE PUT ONE GRAIN OF CORN IN EACH HOLE" 25

"IT WAS TIME TO GATHER THE CORN" 27

"ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING WAS A GREAT ENORMOUS WHEEL" 31

"LITTLE JOHN GOT DOWN" 32

"UNCLE JOHN GATHERED ALL THE APPLES" 38

"THE JUICE RAN OUT BELOW INTO THE KEG" 43

"THE CIDER RAN INTO THE PITCHER" 45

"SO THEY WENT ALL AROUND THE FIELD" 49

"PUT THE BAG OVER HIS SHOULDER" 50

"THEY MADE A GREAT NOISE" 56

"THE PLACES WHERE THE FIELDS WOULD BE WERE ALL COVERED WITH TREES" 60

"THEY DUG A TRENCH" 62

"HE BEGAN TO CLIMB OVER THE WALL" 66

"RAN ALONG THE ROAD CRYING" 69

"THEY ROLLED THE GREAT LOG UP THE LITTLE LOGS ON TO THE SLEDS" 74

"THE END OF THE LOG CAME AGAINST THE SAW" 77

"HE TIPPED UNCLE SAM RIGHT OUT" 82

"HE JUST GOT UP AND RAN AROUND THE WALL" 83

"THE OLD ROOSTER CROWED" 85

"AUNT DEBORAH CAME OUT OF THE HOUSE" 87

"THE MARKET MAN TOOK SOME MONEY FROM HIS POCKET" 92

"PUT A BUCKET UNDER EACH SPOUT" 100

"DROPPED IT IN THE SNOW" 104

"THEY CUT DOWN ENOUGH OF THESE TREES" 112

"PUT THE POSTS IN THE HOLES" 117

"FIXING THE FIRE" 121

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