Willie the Waif

Author: Minie Herbert
Language: English
Wordcount: 14,282 / 47 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.6
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 265
Added to site: 2006.11.28
mnybks.net#: 15394
Origin: gutenberg.org
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his face was always clean, for the boys never missed their morning wash in Trafalgar Square, and he found several customers, who were attracted by his bright face and cheery voice as he called out "Box o' lights, sir! box o' lights!" and his happiness reached its height when he was able to put into Bob's hand quite a heap of pennies, the result of his morning's efforts.

When the evening came they made their way back to the lodging-house, buying, on their way, half a loaf and some cheese to take in for their supper. Bob had a good day himself so that he had managed to save threepence towards paying back the sixpence their kind friend had lent them in the morning, and it was with a face flushed with pride that he offered it to her.

"No, laddie," she said; "wait until you can afford it better."

"Please take it," he urged. "We've done well to-day, Willie and me."

So Mrs. Blair took the money, but she insisted on their lying down in a corner of her room, instead of going into the common

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