Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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comp'ny, though he does so at his fayther's expense. I am quite
willing he should grow to be wiser than his fayther."
"And what do you mean by taking him away?"
"Only for a day ! I wants you to give him a holiday-chance
to-morrow, as I wants him to go with me to Augusta town, to the
great meeting."
"What great meeting?"
"What! you hevn't hearn?"
"Not a syllable."
"Wal, I swow ! And you didn't know that all the country's
agathering to go thar, and hear the famous speechifier, Drayton,
from the Salts, who's to talk to us, and tell us how stands the
whole case atwixt the King and the Colony."
"Is it really so, Dick?"
"It's a born truth, Stephen."
"I'm very glad you've told me. I should like to hear Wm.
Drayton myself, and on this question, especially; and I'll not only
give Dick holiday, but the whole school shall have holiday also."
"Hech! boys, do you hear that?" said Dick Marvin.
"Hoorah! hoorah! hoorah ! " went up with united voices from
the whole school.
"No more work to-day, Dick! You've spoiled this morning for
us; so the dogs get two days instead of one. I'm something of
a boy myself, and shall be glad of the holiday."
"No harm that, Stephen. They won't be any the worse for it;
and they'll come back, every gentleman's son of 'em, ready to do
double work, and so make up for lost time. Play is a great part
of edication, Stephen, I'm a thinking; and holiday, to a boy, is
jest something better than a Sunday it has a brighter sort of
sunshine."
"You are speaking more wisdom than you know, Dick Marvin;
and your philosophy, if put properly into practice, would save
thousands from drunkenness, and make thousands of wiser 'men.
But sit down, Dick, while I speak to the children."
Dick Marvin flung his fox-skin cap upon a bench, and threw his
great length of legs after it, occupying a portion of two seats, which
enabled his feet to arrive at an elevation something greater than
his head. Here he shut his eyes, while Stephen Joscelyn, after a