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The Story of Leather   By: (1872-1968)

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THE STORY OF LEATHER

by

SARA WARE BASSETT

Author of "The Story of Lumber" "The Story of Wool" "The Story of Glass" "The Story of Sugar" "The Story of Silk" "The Story of Porcelain"

Illustrated by C. P. Gray

[Illustration: THE REVOLVING DRUMS]

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The Penn Publishing Company Philadelphia 1927

Copyright 1915 by The Penn Publishing Company

The Story of Leather

To Mr. A. C. Lawrence whose friendship has followed me all my life and but for whose kindly aid this book could never have been written. S. W. B.

Contents

I. THE THUNDERBOLT 9 II. PETER WINS ANOTHER NAME 28 III. A NEW FRIEND 51 IV. PETER'S MAIDEN SPEECH 70 V. A CATASTROPHE 97 VI. TWO PETERS AND WHICH WON 112 VII. THE CLIMB UP THE LADDER 133 VIII. A NARROW ESCAPE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES 151 IX. PETER AIDS IN A SURPRISE AND RECEIVES ONE 172 X. THE CLIMB BECOMES DIFFICULT 186 XI. TOLMAN EXPERIENCES A SHOCK 209 XII. MR. CODDINGTON TELLS A STORY 225

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PAGE THE REVOLVING DRUMS Frontispiece A MATCH WAS UNDER WAY 47 "MAY I SPEAK, SIR?" 90 IN THE FINISHING DEPARTMENT 137 THE THREE MEN STEPPED FORWARD 164 HE SENT THE MAN SPINNING INTO THE CROWD 219

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THE STORY OF LEATHER

CHAPTER I

THE THUNDERBOLT

Peter Coddington sat in the afternoon sunshine on the steps of his big colonial home looking absently out over the circular drive, and the quaint terraced garden, to the red tiled roof of the garage beyond. But he was not thinking of the garage; he could not, in fact, even have told you the color of its vivid tiling. No! He had far more important things to think of than that disquieting things which worried him and made him very unhappy. For about the twentieth time he took from his pocket his school report and ran his eye down the column of figures written upon the white card. He did not read because the reading gave him pleasure. Neither was the bit of pasteboard white any more. Instead it was thumbed and worn at the corners until it had gradually assumed a dismal grayish hue a color quite in harmony with Peter's own mood.

Peter really did not need to look at the report at all, for already he could close his eyes and see before him in glaring type:

Algebra 40 History 20 Latin 30 French 30 Drawing 25

What a horrible fascination there was in those marks! He found himself repeating them aloud to impress upon his mind the fact that they actually were true. But what was far more tragic than these testimonials of defeat was a foot note written in red ink in the well known hand of Mr. Christopher, the principal of the school. It read:

"In consequence of Peter Coddington's poor scholarship and unsatisfactory deportment it is against the rules of the Milburn High School that he retain any position in school athletics until such time as both his studies and his conduct reach the standard required by the school authorities."

It was that single sentence that made Peter's face so grave. The marks alone were bad enough. He was heartily ashamed of them because he knew that if he had studied even a reasonable amount of time he could easily have passed in every subject. It was by no means difficult work for a boy of his ability. But to be put off the ball team! Why, it was on his pitching that the whole Milburn school was pinning its faith in the coming game against Leighton Academy... Continue reading book >>




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