e of the com- pany. "I'd know 'im anywheres."
"Pull up and set down," invited another.
The boy stuffed his loot back into his pockets and came closer to the fire. Its warmth felt most comfort- able, for the Spring night was growing chill. He looked about him at the motley company, some half-spruce in clothing that suggested a Kuppenmarx label and a not too far association with a tailor's goose, others in rags, all but one unshaven and all more or less dirty--for the open road is close to Nature, which is principally dirt.
"Shake hands with Dopey Charlie," said The Sky Pi- lot, whose age and corpulency appeared to stamp him with the hall mark of authority. The youth did as he was bid, smiling into the sullen, chalk-white face and taking the clammy hand extended toward him. Was it a shudder that passed through the lithe, young figure or was it merely a subconscious recognition of the final pass- ing of the bodily cold before the glowing warmth of the blaze? "And Soup Face," continued The Sk
Ha! certainly another one of M. Burroughs masterpiece. A unique concept wrapped in the most garrulous yet eloquent words that are seasoned with the humor and trials of tramp life and fatherly love-or so I thought. This story is of one of the books that can fill in the gap that so hungers for mystery, adventure and love, the kind of gap that the termination of the Sherlock Series had bore into the hearts of its readers.
The story begins with a boy starting for the wider road of destruction by a well calculated burglary. And after setting out by himself into the world of tramp-hood filled with its own serenity and trials, he realized that it wasn't easy as it seemed when he met up with tramps who lusted for easy wealth, namely, his boon.
As the story starts with him running from the house he stole from, his story goes on in a wild chase. As to how his actions will bring him, or how Providence will act, whether he meets an allie(s} or be caught by the police because of two murders that have been accounted to the name he assumed-I shall spare you the thrill of unraveling the mystery of The Oakdale Affair.
The only drawback is that its formatted as a short story, because it is. The best advice I can ever give to its prospect readers is to give it ample time for it has no chapters to stop at and the story needs about 4 to 6 hours to finish without sacrificing the time for sinking-in even for the most experienced reader.
P.S. I was head over heels near the end... Ha!
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