The Drummer's Coat

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Author: J.W. Fortescue
Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 41,095 / 115 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.6
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 334
Added to site: 2006.11.14
mnybks.net#: 15233
Origin: gutenberg.org
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acant. He sprang down from the bank as though he had lived there all his life, like a rabbit, and then moved on towards the village at a strange shambling pace, straying from side to side of the road and waving his arms meaninglessly. Suddenly he stopped, and pulling a squirrel out of his pocket began to play with it, cooing and whistling to it as it ran over his arms, and chirping when it stopped and threw its tail over its back. The two seemed to be the very best of friends, and after playing for some time the man moved on with the squirrel on his shoulder, drawing closer to the village; when of a sudden the boys at play in the stream broke into such a storm of yells that he jumped up on the bank again to look at them, and stood there for a time gaping and grinning from ear to ear at what he saw.

For the boys had succeeded in driving a little eel into a corner and in throwing it ashore; and there they were, dancing about like mad creatures, unable to hold it, more than half afraid to touch it, but al

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