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1853. Excerpt: ... SAM SLICK'S WISE SAWS AND MODERN INSTANCES
CHAPTER I. THE WITCH OF ESKISOONY. In the mornin', all was bustle
on board of the 'Black Hawk;' boats and canoes were alongside, from
various parts of the harbour, and a rapid sale was effected of the
"notions" on board, either for money, or by barter for fish and
oil. While these were conducted under the auspices of the mate and
the pilot, I took the gig, and puttin' into it my fishin'-tackle,
rifle and carpet-bag, containin' a few changes, I rowed up the
river to the residence of my old friend, Captin Collingwpod. The
house was situated on a gentle acclivity, VOL. II. B that sloped
gradually down to the river, commandin' a view of several of its
windings, but sheltered from the Atlantic storms by a projectin'
wooded promontory, that shut in the harbour, and gave it an air of
seclusion and repose. Seein' a man at some little distance, haulin'
seaweed in an ox-cart, I ascertained from him all the particulars
concernin' the family, and the whereabouts of all its members. I
always do this when I visit a house arter a long absence, to avoid
puttin' ontimely questions. It isn't pleasant, in a gineral way, to
inquire after the old lady, and find her place supplied by another;
or after a son that's dead and buried, or a gal that's taken it
into her head to get married without leave. Them mistakes make a
feller look blank, and don't make you more welcome, that's a fact.
"Don't care" won't bear friendship for fruit, and "don't know, I'm
sure," won't ripen it. Life has a chart as well as a coast, and a
little care will keep you clear of rocks, reefs and fandbars. After
I had heard all I wanted, sais I, "Friend, one good turn deserves
another, now your off-ox aint as smart, or as strong, as your near
one." "Well, that's a ...
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Thomas Chandler Haliburton
||246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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