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1892. Excerpt: ... TOE," called Captolia, the colored girl, (J.
from the kitchen door-way, "bring a lump of coal for the parlor
grate; quick as you can." "All right," shouted Joe, from the
woodshed across the yard. After Captolia closed the door, the boy
dealt a half-dozen terrific blows upon the ton of black carbon
lying before him, thickly covered with ice and snow. "Quick as you
can," means instantly, or any time hence, according to the
circumstances; and in Joe's case, on that wintry afternoon, it
meant, whenever he got ready. The lad's six herculean strokes
failed to break up even the thick coat of ice, and much more to
sever the large blocks of coal, which Joe's employer had bought
"just to give the chap something to do breaking them up." As this
story, in its leading incidents, is a true one, perhaps I had
better describe Joe Porter, who is living to-day, grown to manhood,
in one of our large western cities. In appearance he was a most
unpromising lad. His face was very ruddy, and nearly as round as a
plate. His eyes always half shut, 'gave him a drowsy and peculiar
look. They made him seem far away; and in speaking to him one felt
as if he must shout to make him hear. His movements were so
sluggish that the snail could readily claim kinship with him. Among
his associates this characteristic had obtained for the boy the
title of "Slow Joe." He wore shoes heavily soled, and much too
large for his feet; and he walked with an almost gigantic tread. On
his head stood a crop of brown hair, as abundant as ever was seen.
Joe's battle with the ice and coal lasted longer than he wished,
and altogether too long for Mrs. Artvvell's patience. Consequently,
in a short time Captolia again appeared in the doorway, declaring:
"Joe, that coal must be brought in. Hurry, once in your l...
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Emma Hildreth Adams
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||Paperback - Trade
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