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Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales   By: (1856-1917)

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Inconsistencies in language and dialect found in the original book have been retained. Minor punctuation errors have been changed without notice. Printer errors have been changed and are listed at the end.

[Illustration: SOLOMON CROW'S CHRISTMAS POCKETS

RUTH McENERY STUART]

[Illustration: [ See page 34

"'DIS HEAH'S A FUS CLASS THING TER WORK OFF BAD TEMPERS WID'"]

SOLOMON CROW'S

CHRISTMAS POCKETS

AND OTHER TALES

BY

RUTH McENERY STUART

AUTHOR OF

"A GOLDEN WEDDING" "THE STORY OF BABETTE" "CARLOTTA'S INTENDED" ETC.

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS 1897

BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

CARLOTTA'S INTENDED, and Other Tales. Illustrated. Post 8vo, Cloth, $1 50.

THE GOLDEN WEDDING, and Other Tales. Illustrated. Post 8vo, Cloth, $1 50.

THE STORY OF BABETTE. Illustrated. Post 8vo, Cloth, $1 50.

PUBLISHED BY HARPER & BROTHERS, NEW YORK.

Copyright, 1896, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved.

TO

MY DEAR NIECE

LITTLE MISS LEA CALLAWAY

CONTENTS

PAGE

SOLOMON CROW'S CHRISTMAS POCKETS 3

THE TWO TIMS 23

THE FREYS' CHRISTMAS PARTY 39

LITTLE MOTHER QUACKALINA 67

OLD EASTER 91

SAINT IDYL'S LIGHT 111

"BLINK" 131

DUKE'S CHRISTMAS 165

UNCLE EPHE'S ADVICE TO BRER RABBIT 193

MAY BE SO 199

ILLUSTRATIONS

"'DIS HEAH'S A FUS CLASS THING TER WORK OFF BAD TEMPERS WID'" Frontispiece

"'SHE OUGHT TO EAT CANARY SEED AND FISH BONE'" Facing p. 46

THE ITALIAN ORGAN GRINDER " 62

"THE PROFESSOR NOT ONLY SANG, BUT DANCED" " 64

"THE FARMER'S BOY WAS A HUNTER" " 68

"SIR SOOTY HIMSELF ACTUALLY WADDLED INTO THE FARM YARD" " 74

"'I'M GOIN' TO SWAP 'EM'" " 76

"MADE HER PUT OUT HER TONGUE" " 78

"HER OWN TEN BEAUTIFUL DUCKS WERE CLOSE ABOUT HER" " 86

OLD EASTER " 92

"'YAS, MISSY, I WAS TWENTY FO' HOND'ED YEARS OLE, LAS' EASTER SUNDAY'" " 94

"'DE CATS? WHY, HONEY, DEY WELCOME TO COME AN' GO'" " 106

"'KEEP STEP, RABBIT, MAN!'" " 192

"'WELL, ONE MO' RABBIT FUR DE POT'" " 194

SOLOMON CROW'S CHRISTMAS POCKETS

SOLOMON CROW'S CHRISTMAS POCKETS

His mother named him Solomon because, when he was a baby, he looked so wise; and then she called him Crow because he was so black. True, she got angry when the boys caught it up, but then it was too late. They knew more about crows than they did about Solomon, and the name suited.

His twin brother, who died when he was a day old, his mother had called Grundy just because, as she said, "Solomon an' Grundy b'longs together in de books."

When the wee black boy began to talk, he knew himself equally as Solomon or Crow, and so, when asked his name, he would answer: "Sol'mon Crow," and Solomon Crow he thenceforth became.

Crow was ten years old now, and he was so very black and polished and thin, and had so peaked and bright a face, that no one who had any sense of humor could hear him called Crow without smiling... Continue reading book >>




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