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88. oldal - What do you think the parson found, When he got up and stared around? The poor old chaise in a heap or mound, As if it had been to the mill and ground!
156. oldal - John he cried, But John he cried in vain; That trot became a gallop soon, In spite of curb and rein. So stooping down, as needs he must Who cannot sit upright, He grasped the mane with both his hands And eke with all his might.
156. oldal - The wind did blow, the cloak did fly, Like streamer long and gay, Till, loop and button failing both, At last it flew away. Then might all people well discern The bottles he had slung ; A bottle swinging at each side, As hath been said or sung. The dogs did bark, the children scream'd. Up flew the windows all ; And every soul cried out, Well done ! As loud as he could bawl.
85. oldal - Now in building of chaises, I tell you what, There is always somewhere a weakest spot, — In hub, tire, felloe, in spring or thill, In panel, or crossbar, or floor, or sill, In screw, bolt, thoroughbrace, — lurking still, Find it somewhere you must and will, — Above or below, or within or without, — And that's the reason, beyond a doubt, That a chaise breaks down, but doesn't wear out. But the Deacon swore (as Deacons do, With an "I dew vum...
88. oldal - That there was n'ta chance for one to start. For the wheels were just as strong as the thills, And the floor was just as strong as the...
25. oldal - ... filled him pretty near up to his chin — and set him on the floor. Smiley he went to the swamp and slopped around in the mud for a long time, and finally he ketched a frog, and fetched him in, and give him to this feller, and says : ' Now, if you're ready, set him alongside of Dan'l, with his forepaws even with Dan'l's, and I'll give the word.
20. oldal - Any way that suited the other man would suit him— any way just so's he got a bet, he was satisfied. But still he was lucky, uncommon lucky ; he most always come out winner. He was always ready and laying for a chance; there couldn't be no solit'ry thing mentioned but that...
86. oldal - He sent for lancewood to make the thills, The cross-bars were ash, from the straightest trees, The panels of white-wood, that cuts like cheese, But lasts like iron for things like these; The hubs of logs from the "Settler's ellum...
20. oldal - H'm, Reverend Le — well, there was a feller here once by the name of Jim Smiley, in the winter of '49 — or may be it was the spring of '50 — I don't recollect exactly...

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