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The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 34. 'How It Came Out' The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 34. "How It Came Out"

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 34. 'How It Came Out'
CHAPTER XXXIV. "HOW IT CAME OUT"We are all children in reading stories. We want more than all else to know how it all came out at the end, and, if our taste is not perverted, we like it to come out well. For my part, ever since I began to write this story, I have been anxious to know how it was going to come out. Well, there were very few invited. It took place at ten in the morning. The "preacher-in-charge" came, of course. Miss Nancy Sawyer was there. But Ralph's uncle was away, and Aunt Matilda had a sore... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 1814

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 33. Into The Light The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 33. Into The Light

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 33. Into The Light
CHAPTER XXXIII. INTO THE LIGHTFor two weeks longer Ralph taught at the Flat Creek school-house. He was everybody's hero. And he was Bud's idol. He did what he could to get Bud and Martha together, and though Bud always "saw her safe home" after this, and called on her every Sunday evening, yet, to save his life, he could not forget his big fists and his big feet long enough to say what he most wanted to say, and what Martha most wanted him to say. At the end of two weeks Ralph found himself exceedingly weary of Flat Creek, and... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 2982

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 29. The Trial The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 29. The Trial

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 29. The Trial
CHAPTER XXIX. THE TRIALThe "prosecuting attorney" (for so the State's attorney is called in Indiana) had been sent for the night before. Ralph refused all legal help. It was not wise to reject counsel, but all his blood was up, and he declared that he would not be cleared by legal quibbles. If his innocence were not made evident to everybody, he would rather not be acquitted on a preliminary examination. He would go over to the circuit court and have the matter sifted to the bottom. But he would have been pleased had his uncle offered his counsel, though he... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 1914

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 28. The Flight The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 28. The Flight

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 28. The Flight
CHAPTER XXVIII. THE FLIGHTAbout ten days after Ralph's return to Flat Creek things came to a crisis. The master was rather relieved at first to have the crisis come. He had been holding juvenile Flat Creek under his feet by sheer force of will. And such an exercise of "psychic power" is very exhausting. In racing on the Ohio the engineer sometimes sends the largest of the firemen to hold the safety valve down, and this he does by hanging himself to the lever by his hands. Ralph felt that he had been holding the safety-valve down, and that he was... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 1949

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 27. A Loss And A Gain The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 27. A Loss And A Gain

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 27. A Loss And A Gain
CHAPTER XXVII. A LOSS AND A GAINDr. Small, silent, attentive, assiduous Dr. Small, set himself to work to bind up the wounded heart of Bud Means, even as he had bound up his broken arm. The flattery of his fine eyes, which looked at Bud's muscles so admiringly, which gave attention to his lightest remark, was not lost on the young Flat Creek Hercules. Outwardly at least Pete Jones showed no inclination to revenge himself on Bud. Was it respect for muscle, or was it the influence of Small? At any rate, the concentrated extract of the resentment of Pete Jones... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 2275

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 26. A Letter And Its Consequences The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 26. A Letter And Its Consequences

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 26. A Letter And Its Consequences
CHAPTER XXVI. A LETTER AND ITS CONSEQUENCES"SQUAR HAUKINS "this is too Lett u no that u beter be Keerful hoo yoo an yore familly tacks cides with fer peepl wont Stan it too hev the Men wat's sportin the wuns wat's robin us, sported bi yor Fokes kepin kumpne with 'em, u been a ossifer ov the Lau, yor Ha wil bern as qick as to an yor Barn tu, so Tak kere. No mor ad pressnt." This letter accomplished its purpose. The Squire's spectacles slipped off several times while he read it. His wig had to be adjusted. If he... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 2154

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 25. Bud Wooing The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 25. Bud Wooing

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 25. Bud Wooing
CHAPTER XXV. BUD WOOINGThe Sunday that Ralph spent in Lewisburg, the Sunday that Shocky spent in an earthly paradise, the Sunday that Mrs. Thomson spent with Shocky instead of old Mowley, the Sunday that Miss Nancy thought was "just like heaven," was also an eventful Sunday with Bud Means. He had long adored Miss Martha in his secret heart, but, like many other giants, while brave enough to face and fight dragons, he was a coward in the presence of the woman that he loved. Let us honor him for it. The man who loves a woman truly, reverences her profoundly... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 1300

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 24. The Good Samaritan The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 24. The Good Samaritan

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 24. The Good Samaritan
CHAPTER XXIV. THE GOOD SAMARITANThe Methodist church to which Mrs. Matilda White and Miss Nancy Sawyer belonged was the leading one in Lewisburg, as it was in most county-seat villages in Indiana. If I may be permitted to express my candid and charitable opinion of the difference between the two women, I shall have to use the old Quaker locution, and say that Miss Sawyer was a Methodist and likewise a Christian; Mrs. White was a Methodist, but I fear she was not likewise. As to the first part of this assertion, there was no room to doubt Miss Nancy's piety.... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 2546

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 23. A Charitable Institution The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 23. A Charitable Institution

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 23. A Charitable Institution
CHAPTER XXIII. A CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONWhen Ralph got back to Miss Nancy Sawyer's, Shocky was sitting up in bed talking to Miss Nancy and Miss Semantha. His cheeks were a little flushed with fever and the excitement of telling his story; theirs were wet with tears. "Ralph," whispered Miss Nancy, as she drew him into the kitchen, "I want you to get a buggy or a sleigh, and go right over to the poor-house and fetch that boy's mother over here. It'll do me more good than any sermon I ever heard to see that boy in his mother's arms to-morrow. We... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 1387

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 19. Face To Face The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 19. Face To Face

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 19. Face To Face
CHAPTER XIX. FACE TO FACEIn the lane, in the dark, under the shadow of the barn, Ralph met Hannah carrying her bucket of milk (they have no pails in Indiana)(23). He could see only the white foam on the milk, and Hannah's white face. Perhaps it was well that he could not see how white Hannah's face was at that moment when a sudden trembling made her set down the heavy bucket. At first neither spoke. The recollection of all the joy of that walk together in the night came upon them both. And a great sense of loss made the... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 2350

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 18. Odds And Ends The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 18. Odds And Ends

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 18. Odds And Ends
CHAPTER XVIII. ODDS AND ENDSThe Spring-in-rock, or, as it was sometimes, by a curious perversion, called, the "rock-in-spring," was a spring running out of a cave-like fissure in a high limestone cliff. Here the old man sheltered himself on that dreary Christmas evening, until Bud brought his roan colt to the top of the cliff above, and he and Ralph helped the old man up the cliff and into the saddle. Ralph went back to bed, but Bud, who was only too eager to put in his best licks, walked by the side of old John Pearson the six miles over... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 1136

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 17. A Council Of War The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 17. A Council Of War

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 17. A Council Of War
CHAPTER XVII. A COUNCIL OF WARShocky, whose feet had flown as soon as he saw the final fall of Pete Jones, told the whole story to the wondering and admiring ears of Miss Hawkins, who unhappily could not remember anything at the East just like it; to the frightened ears of the rheumatic old lady who felt sure her ole man's talk and stubbornness would be the ruin of him, and to the indignant ears of the old soldier who was hobbling up and down, sentinel-wise, in front of his cabin, standing guard over himself. "No, I won't leave," he said... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 1089

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 16. The Church Militant The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 16. The Church Militant

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 16. The Church Militant
CHAPTER XVI. THE CHURCH MILITANTBud was doubly enlisted on the side of John Pearson, the basket-maker. In the first place, he knew that this persecution of the unpopular old man was only a blind to save somebody else; that they were thieves who cried, "Stop thief!" And he felt consequently that this was a chance to put his newly-formed resolutions into practice. The Old Testament religious life, which consists in fighting the Lord's enemies, suited Bud's temper and education. It might lead to something better. It was the best possible to him, now. But I am afraid I shall have to... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 2341

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 15. The Church Of The Best Licks The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 15. The Church Of The Best Licks

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 15. The Church Of The Best Licks
CHAPTER XV. THE CHURCH OF THE BEST LICKSJust as the flame on the forestick, which Ralph had watched so intensely, flickered and burned low, and just as Ralph with a heavy but not quite hopeless heart rose to leave, the latch lifted and Bud re-entered. "I wanted to say something," he stammered, "but you know it's hard to say it. I ha'n't no book-larnin to speak of, and some things is hard to say when a man ha'n't got book-words to say 'em with. And they's some things a man can't hardly ever say anyhow to anybody." Here Bud stopped. But... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 1456

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 14. A Crisis With Bud The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 14. A Crisis With Bud

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 14. A Crisis With Bud
CHAPTER XIV. A CRISIS WITH BUDRalph sat still at his desk. The school had gone. All at once he became conscious that Shocky sat yet in his accustomed place upon the hard, backless bench. "Why, Shocky, haven't you gone yet?" "No--sir--I was waitin' to see if you warn't a-goin', too--I--" "Well?" "I thought it would make me feel as if God warn't quite so fur away to talk to you. It did the other day." The master rose and put his hand on Shocky's head. Was it the brotherhood in affliction that made Shocky's words choke him so? Or, was it... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 2985

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 13. A Struggle For The Mastery The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 13. A Struggle For The Mastery

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 13. A Struggle For The Mastery
CHAPTER XIII. A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERYThe school had closed on Monday evening as usual. The boys had been talking in knots all day. Nothing but the bulldog in the slender, resolute young master had kept down the rising storm. A teacher who has lost moral support at home, can not long govern a school. Ralph had effectually lost his popularity in the district, and the worst of it was that he could not divine from just what quarter the ill wind came, except that he felt sure of Small's agency in it somewhere. Even Hannah had slighted him, when he... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 894

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 9. Has God Forgotten Shocky? The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 9. Has God Forgotten Shocky?

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 9. Has God Forgotten Shocky?
CHAPTER IX. HAS GOD FORGOTTEN SHOCKY?"Pap wants to know ef you would spend to-morry and Sunday at our house?" said one of Squire Hawkins's girls, on the very next evening, which was Friday. The old Squire was thoughtful enough to remember that Ralph would not find it very pleasant "boarding out" all the time he was entitled to spend at Pete Jones's. For in view of the fact that Mr. Pete Jones sent seven children to the school, the "master" in Flat Creek district was bound to spend two weeks in that comfortable place, sleeping in a preoccupied bed, in the... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 2324

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 8. The Struggle In The Dark The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 8. The Struggle In The Dark

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 8. The Struggle In The Dark
CHAPTER VIII. THE STRUGGLE IN THE DARKIt was a long, lonesome, fearful night that the school-master passed, lying with nerves on edge and eyes wide open in that comfortless bed in the "furdest corner" of the loft of Pete Jones's house, shivering with cold, while the light snow that was falling sifted in upon the ragged patch-work quilt that covered him. Nerves broken by sleeplessness imagine many things, and for the first hour Ralph felt sure that Pete would cut his throat before morning. And you, friend Callow, who have blunted your palate by swallowing the Cayenne pepper of the penny-dreadfuls,... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 3332

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 7. Ominous Remarks Of Mr. Jones The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 7. Ominous Remarks Of Mr. Jones

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 7. Ominous Remarks Of Mr. Jones
CHAPTER VII. OMINOUS REMARKS OF MR. JONESThe school-master's mind was like ancient Gaul--divided into three parts. With one part he mechanically performed his school duties. With another he asked himself, What shall I do about the robbery? And with the third he debated about Bud and Hannah. For Bud was not present, and it was clear that he was angry, and there was a storm brewing. In fact, it seemed to Ralph that there was a storm brewing all round the sky. For Pete Jones was evidently angry at the thought of having been watched, and it was fair to suppose... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 2098

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 6. A Night At Pete Jones's The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 6. A Night At Pete Jones's

The Hoosier Schoolmaster: A Story Of Backwoods Life In Indiana - Chapter 6. A Night At Pete Jones's
CHAPTER VI. A NIGHT AT PETE JONES'SWhen Ralph got to Pete Jones's he found that sinister-looking individual in the act of kicking one of his many dogs out of the house. "Come in, stranger, come in. You'll find this 'ere house full of brats, but I guess you kin kick your way around among 'em. Take a cheer. Here, git out! go to thunder with you!" And with these mild imperatives he boxed one of his boys over in one direction and one of his girls over in the other. "I believe in trainin' up children to mind when they're spoke... Long Stories - Post by : WhoDoesItReach - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Eggleston - Read : 1342