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HEPSEY BURKE

by

FRANK N. WESTCOTT

Illustrated by Frederick R. Gruger

[Illustration: "YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING THAT LOOKED LIKE A PARSON, HAVE YOU? YOU CAN GENERALLY SPOT 'EM EVERY TIME"]

[Illustration]

New York The H. K. Fly Company Publishers

Copyright, 1915, by The H. K. Fly Company.

Copyright, 1915, by The Red Book Corporation.

Copyright, 1914, by The Red Book Corporation.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE I Hepsey Burke 11 II Gossip 25 III The Senior Warden 36 IV Milking 52 V The Miniature 59 VI The Missionary Tea 71 VII Hepsey Goes A Fishing 85 VIII An Icebox for Cherubim 96 IX The Rectory 111 X The Bride's Arrival 122 XI Virginia's High Horse 130 XII House Cleaning and Bachelorhood 137 XIII The Circus 147 XIV On the Side Porch 160 XV Nickey's Social Ambitions 170 XVI Practical Temperance Reform 186 XVII Notice to Quit 200 XVIII The New Rectory 212 XIX Couleur de Rose 224 XX Muscular Christianity 238 XXI Uninvited Guests 253 XXII Hepsey's Diplomacy 271 XXIII Hepsey Calls a Meeting 283 XXIV Omnium Gatherum 308

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"You haven't seen anything that looked like a parson, have you? You can generally spot 'em every time" Frontispiece

"I'm blessed if you 'aint sewin' white buttons on with black thread. Is anybody dead in the family, or 'aint you feelin' well this mornin'?" 62

"Nicholas Burke, what in the name of conscience does all this idiotic performance mean, I'd like to know?" 80

"Oh well, I always believe that two young married people should start out by themselves, and then if they get into a family row it won't scandalize the parish" 126

"I 'aint a chicken no more, Mrs. Betty, and I've 'most forgot how to do a bit of courtin'" 140

"I consider it a shame and a disgrace to the parish to have our rector in filthy clothes, drawing stone with a lot of ruffians" 248

"I've got a hunch, Sylvester Bascom, that it'll be you that'll have the last word, after all" 280

"Hepsey Burke, for all your molasses and the little bit of vinegar you say you keep by you, 'There are no flies on you' as Nickey would put it" 308

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CHAPTER I

HEPSEY BURKE

The noisy, loose jointed train pulled out of the station, leaving behind it a solitary young man, enveloped in smoke and cinders. In the middle of the platform stood a little building with a curb roof, pointed at both ends like a Noah's Ark; and the visitor felt that if he could only manage to lift up one side of the roof he would find the animals "two by two," together with the cylindrical Noah and the rest of his family. There was no one in sight but the station master, who called out from the ticket office:

"Did you want to go to the village? The 'bus won't be down till the next train: but maybe you can ride up on the ice wagon... Continue reading book >>




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