Books and Bookmen

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Author: Ian Maclaren (Rev. John Watson)
Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,766 / 34 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 698
Added to site: 2008.01.13
mnybks.net#: 19664
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Essays
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s--the foot on the sand, for instance, in Crusoe, and the valley of the shadow with the hobgoblin in Pilgrim's Progress--and one will have a tenderness for these two first loves even until the end. Afterwards one went afield and sometimes got into queer company, not bad but simply a little common. There was an endless series of Red Indian stories in my school-days, wherein trappers could track the enemy by a broken blade of grass, and the enemy escaped by coming down the river under a log, and the price was sixpence each. We used to pass the tuck-shop at school for three days on end in order that we might possess Leaping Deer, the Shawnee Spy. We toadied shamefully to the owner of Bull's Eye Joe, who, we understood, had been the sole protection of a frontier state. Again and again have I tried to find one of those early friends, and in many places have I inquired, but my humble companions have disappeared and left no signs, like country children one played with in holiday t

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