Asa Holmes

or At the Cross-Roads

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Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 32,144 / 97 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.3
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,057
Added to site: 2013.06.28
mnybks.net#: 31511
Genre: Young Readers
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ace, I've come to believe that 'the best is yet to be.'"

There is a stir around the door, and the old miller looks around inquiringly. The mail has come in, and he rises slowly to get his weekly paper. Perkins's oldest, waiting his turn in front of the little case of pigeonholes, eyes the old man with wondering side glances. He has not understood more than half of what he has heard, but he is vaguely conscious that something is speaking to him now, as he looks into the tranquil old face. It is the miller's past that is calling to him; all those honest, hard-working years that show themselves in the bent form and wrinkled hands; the serene peacefulness that bespeaks a clear conscience; the big, sunny nature that looks out of those aged eyes; and above all the great hopefulness that makes his days a perpetual Thanksgiving.

The mute eloquence of an unspoken invitation thrills the child's heart, he knows not why:

"Grow old along with me; The best is yet to be!"

It is the greatest lesso

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