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Tom Grogan - Chapter 16. A Friend In Need Tom Grogan - Chapter 16. A Friend In Need

Tom Grogan - Chapter 16. A Friend In Need
CHAPTER XVI. A FRIEND IN NEEDTwo days after Tom had signed the highway contract, Babcock sat in his private office in New York, opening his mail. In the outside room were half a dozen employees--engineers and others--awaiting their instructions. The fine spring weather had come and work had been started in every direction, including the second section of the sea-wall at the depot the divers were preparing the bottom for the layers of concrete. Tom's carts had hauled the stone. Tucked into the pile of letters heaped before him, Babcock's quick eye caught the corner of a telegram. It read... Long Stories - Post by : philrry - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 763

Tom Grogan - Chapter 15. In The Shadow Of Death Tom Grogan - Chapter 15. In The Shadow Of Death

Tom Grogan - Chapter 15. In The Shadow Of Death
CHAPTER XV. IN THE SHADOW OF DEATHAt the appointed hour the Board of Trustees met in the hall over the post-office. The usual loungers filled the room--members of the Union, and others who had counted on a piece of the highway pie when it was cut. Dempsey, Crimmins, and Quigg sat outside the rail, against the wall. They were waiting for McGaw, who had not been seen since the afternoon. The president was in his accustomed place. The five gentlemen of leisure, the veterinary surgeon, and the other trustees occupied their several chairs. The roll had been called, and every man... Long Stories - Post by : philrry - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1174

Tom Grogan - Chapter 14. Blossom-Week Tom Grogan - Chapter 14. Blossom-Week

Tom Grogan - Chapter 14. Blossom-Week
CHAPTER XIV. BLOSSOM-WEEKIt was "blossom-week," and every garden and hedge flaunted its bloom in the soft air. All about was the perfume of flowers, the odor of fresh grass, and that peculiar earthy smell of new-made garden beds but lately sprinkled. Behind the hill overlooking the harbor the sun was just sinking into the sea. Some sentinel cedars guarding its crest stood out in clear relief against the golden light. About their tops, in wide circles, swooped a flock of crows. Gran'pop and Tom sat on the front porch, their chairs touching, his hand on hers. She had been telling him... Long Stories - Post by : philrry - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1186

Tom Grogan - Chapter 13. Mr. Quigg Draws A Plan Tom Grogan - Chapter 13. Mr. Quigg Draws A Plan

Tom Grogan - Chapter 13. Mr. Quigg Draws A Plan
CHAPTER XIII. MR. QUIGG DRAWS A PLANMcGaw had watched the fire from his upper window with mingled joy and fear--joy that Tom's property was on fire, and fear that it would be put out before she would be ruined. He had been waiting all the evening for Crimmins, who had failed to arrive. Billy had not been at home since supper, so he could get no details as to the amount of the damage from that source. In this emergency he sent next morning for Quigg to make a reconnaissance in the vicinity of the enemy's camp, ascertain how badly Tom... Long Stories - Post by : philrry - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 998

Tom Grogan - Chapter 12. Cully's Night Out Tom Grogan - Chapter 12. Cully's Night Out

Tom Grogan - Chapter 12. Cully's Night Out
CHAPTER XII. CULLY'S NIGHT OUTEver since the night Cully, with the news of the hair-breadth escape of the bid, had dashed back to Tom, waiting around the corner, he had been the hero of the hour. As she listened to his description of McGaw when her bid dropped on the table--"Lookin' like he'd eat sumpin' he couldn't swaller--see?" her face was radiant, and her sides shook with laughter. She had counted upon McGaw falling into her trap, and she was delighted over the success of her experiment. Tom had once before caught him raising a bid when he discovered that but... Long Stories - Post by : philrry - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1393

Tom Grogan - Chapter 11. A Two-Dollar Bill Tom Grogan - Chapter 11. A Two-Dollar Bill

Tom Grogan - Chapter 11. A Two-Dollar Bill
CHAPTER XI. A TWO-DOLLAR BILLThe excitement over the outcome of the bidding was intense. The barroom at O'Leary's was filled with a motley crowd of men, most of whom belonged to the Union, and all of whom had hoped to profit in some way had the contract fallen into the hands of the political ring who were dominating the affairs of the village. The more hot-headed and outspoken swore vengeance; not only against the horse-doctor, who had refused to permit McGaw to smuggle in the second bid, but against Crane & Co. and everybody else who had helped to defeat their... Long Stories - Post by : philrry - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1609

Tom Grogan - Chapter 10. Cully Wins By A Neck Tom Grogan - Chapter 10. Cully Wins By A Neck

Tom Grogan - Chapter 10. Cully Wins By A Neck
CHAPTER X. CULLY WINS BY A NECKAbout this time the labor element in the village and vicinity was startled by an advertisement in the Rockville "Daily News," signed by the clerk of the Board of Village Trustees, notifying contractors that thirty days thereafter, closing at nine P.M. precisely, separate sealed proposals would be received at the meeting-room of the board, over the post-office, for the hauling of twenty thousand cubic yards of fine crushed stone for use on the public highways; bidders would be obliged to give suitable bonds, etc.; certified check for five hundred dollars to accompany each bid as... Long Stories - Post by : philrry - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2841

Tom Grogan - Chapter 9. What A Sparrow Saw Tom Grogan - Chapter 9. What A Sparrow Saw

Tom Grogan - Chapter 9. What A Sparrow Saw
CHAPTER IX. WHAT A SPARROW SAWEver since the eventful morning when Carl had neglected the Big Gray for a stolen hour with Jennie, Cully had busied himself in devising ways of making the Swede's life miserable. With a boy's keen insight, he had discovered enough to convince him that Carl was "dead mashed on Jennie," as he put it, but whether "for keeps" or not he had not yet determined. He had already enriched his songs with certain tender allusions to their present frame of mind and their future state of happiness. "Where was Moses when the light went out!" and... Long Stories - Post by : philrry - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1461

Tom Grogan - Chapter 6. The Big Gray Goes Hungry Tom Grogan - Chapter 6. The Big Gray Goes Hungry

Tom Grogan - Chapter 6. The Big Gray Goes Hungry
CHAPTER VI. THE BIG GRAY GOES HUNGRYThat invincible spirit which dwelt in Tom's breast--that spirit which had dared Lathers, outwitted Duffy, cowed Crimmins, and braved the Union, did not, strange to say, dominate all the members of her own household. One defied her. This was no other than that despoiler of new-washed clothes, old harness, wagon-grease, time-books, and spring flowers, that Arab of the open lot, Stumpy the goat. This supremacy of the goat had lasted since the eventful morning when, only a kid of tender days, he had come into the stable-yard and wobbled about on his uncertain legs, nestling... Long Stories - Post by : philrry - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2372

Tom Grogan - Chapter 5. A Word From The Tenements Tom Grogan - Chapter 5. A Word From The Tenements

Tom Grogan - Chapter 5. A Word From The Tenements
CHAPTER V. A WORD FROM THE TENEMENTSOne morning Patsy came up the garden path limping on his crutch; the little fellow's eyes were full of tears. He had been out with his goat when some children from the tenements surrounded his cart, pitched it into the ditch, and followed him half way home, calling "Scab! scab!" at the top of their voices. Cully heard his cries, and ran through the yard to meet him, his anger rising at every step. To lay hands on Patsy was, to Cully, the unpardonable sin. Ever since the day, five years before, when Tom had... Long Stories - Post by : MalcolmL - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2576

Tom Grogan - Chapter 4. A Walking Delegate Learns A New Step Tom Grogan - Chapter 4. A Walking Delegate Learns A New Step

Tom Grogan - Chapter 4. A Walking Delegate Learns A New Step
CHAPTER IV. A WALKING DELEGATE LEARNS A NEW STEPMcGaw's failure to undermine Tom's business with Babcock, and his complete discomfiture over Crane's coal contract at the fort, only intensified his hatred of the woman. Finding that he could make no headway against her alone, he called upon the Union to assist him, claiming that she was employing non-union labor, and had thus been able to cut down the discharging rates to starvation prices. A meeting was accordingly called by the executive committee of the Knights, and a resolution passed condemning certain persons in the village of Rockville as traitors to the... Long Stories - Post by : MalcolmL - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 3494

Tom Grogan - Chapter 3. Sergeant Duffy's Little Game Tom Grogan - Chapter 3. Sergeant Duffy's Little Game

Tom Grogan - Chapter 3. Sergeant Duffy's Little Game
CHAPTER III. SERGEANT DUFFY'S LITTLE GAMEThe bad weather so long expected finally arrived. An afternoon of soft, warm autumn skies, aglow with the radiance of the setting sun, and brilliant in violet and gold, had been followed by a cold, gray morning. Of a sudden a cloud the size of a hand had mounted clear of the horizon, and called together its fellows. An unseen herald in the east blew a blast, and winds and sea awoke. By nine o'clock a gale was blowing. By ten Babcock's men were bracing the outer sheathing of the coffer-dam, strengthening the derrick-guys, tightening the... Long Stories - Post by : MalcolmL - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1074

Tom Grogan - Chapter 2. A Board Fence Loses A Plank Tom Grogan - Chapter 2. A Board Fence Loses A Plank

Tom Grogan - Chapter 2. A Board Fence Loses A Plank
CHAPTER II. A BOARD FENCE LOSES A PLANKThe work on the sea-wall progressed. The coffer-dam which had been built by driving into the mud of the bottom a double row of heavy tongued and grooved planking in two parallel rows, and bulkheading each end with heavy boards, had been filled with concrete to low-water mark, consuming not only the contents of the delayed scow, but two subsequent cargoes, both of which had been unloaded by Tom Grogan. To keep out the leakage, steam-pumps were kept going night and day. By dint of hard work the upper masonry of the wall had... Long Stories - Post by : MalcolmL - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 3041

Tom Grogan - Chapter 1. Babcock's Discovery Tom Grogan - Chapter 1. Babcock's Discovery

Tom Grogan - Chapter 1. Babcock's Discovery
CHAPTER I. BABCOCK'S DISCOVERYSomething worried Babcock. One could see that from the impatient gesture with which he turned away from the ferry window on learning he had half an hour to wait. He paced the slip with hands deep in his pockets, his head on his chest. Every now and then he stopped, snapped open his watch and shut it again quickly, as if to hurry the lagging minutes. For the first time in years Tom Grogan, who had always unloaded his boats, had failed him. A scow loaded with stone for the sea-wall that Babcock was building for the Lighthouse... Long Stories - Post by : MalcolmL - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1891

The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 22. The Claw Of The Sea-Puss The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 22. The Claw Of The Sea-Puss

The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 22. The Claw Of The Sea-Puss
CHAPTER XXII. THE CLAW OF THE SEA-PUSSWith the closing of the doors the murmur of the crowd, the dull glare of the gray sky, and the thrash of the wind were shut out. The only light in the House of Refuge now came from the two small windows, one above the form of the suffering man and the other behind the dead body of Archie. Jane's head was close to the boy's chest, her sobs coming from between her hands, held before her face. The shock of Archie's death had robbed her of all her strength. Lucy knelt beside her, her... Long Stories - Post by : MalcolmL - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 774

The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 21. The Man In The Slouch Hat The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 21. The Man In The Slouch Hat

The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 21. The Man In The Slouch Hat
CHAPTER XXI. THE MAN IN THE SLOUCH HATThe wooden arrow on the top of the cupola of the Life-Saving Station had had a busy night of it. With the going down of the sun the wind had continued to blow east-southeast--its old course for weeks--and the little sentinel, lulled into inaction, had fallen into a doze, its feather end fixed on the glow of the twilight. At midnight a rollicking breeze that piped from out the north caught the sensitive vane napping, and before the dawn broke had quite tired it out, shifting from point to point, now west, now east,... Long Stories - Post by : MalcolmL - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2396

The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 18. The Swede's Story The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 18. The Swede's Story

The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 18. The Swede's Story
CHAPTER XVIII. THE SWEDE'S STORYCaptain Holt had selected his crew--picked surfmen, every one of them--and the chief of the bureau had endorsed the list without comment or inquiry. The captain's own appointment as keeper of the new Life-Saving Station was due as much to his knowledge of men as to his skill as a seaman, and so when his list was sent in--men he said he could "vouch for"--it took but a moment for the chief to write "Approved" across its face. Isaac Polhemus came first: Sixty years of age, silent, gray, thick-set; face scarred and seamed by many weathers, but... Long Stories - Post by : MalcolmL - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 706

The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 17. Breakers Ahead The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 17. Breakers Ahead

The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 17. Breakers Ahead
CHAPTER XVII. BREAKERS AHEADThe summer-home of Max Feilding, Esq., of Walnut Hill, and of the beautiful and accomplished widow of the dead Frenchman was located on a levelled sand-dune in full view of the sea. Indeed, from beneath its low-hooded porticos and piazzas nothing else could be seen except, perhaps, the wide sky--gray, mottled, or intensely blue, as the weather permitted--the stretch of white sand shaded from dry to wet and edged with tufts of yellow grass; the circling gulls and the tall finger of Barnegat Light pointing skyward. Nothing, really, but some scattering buildings in silhouette against the glare of... Long Stories - Post by : MalcolmL - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2789

The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 16. The Beginning Of The Ebb The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 16. The Beginning Of The Ebb

The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 16. The Beginning Of The Ebb
CHAPTER XVI. THE BEGINNING OF THE EBBSpring has come and gone. The lilacs and crocuses, the tulips and buttercups, have bloomed and faded; the lawn has had its sprinkling of dandelions, and the duff of their blossoms has drifted past the hemlocks and over the tree-tops. The grass has had its first cutting; the roses have burst their buds and hang in clusters over the arbors; warm winds blow in from the sea laden with perfumes from beach and salt-marsh; the skies are steely blue and the cloud puffs drift lazily. It is summer-time--the season of joy and gladness, the season... Long Stories - Post by : MalcolmL - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1540

The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 15. A Package Of Letters The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 15. A Package Of Letters

The Tides Of Barnegat - Chapter 15. A Package Of Letters
CHAPTER XV. A PACKAGE OF LETTERSUnder the influence of the new arrival it was not at all strange that many changes were wrought in the domestic life at Cobden Manor. My lady was a sensuous creature, loving color and flowers and the dainty appointments of life as much in the surroundings of her home as in the adornment of her person, and it was not many weeks before the old-fashioned sitting-room had been transformed into a French boudoir. In this metamorphosis she had used but few pieces of new furniture--one or two, perhaps, that she had picked up in the village,... Long Stories - Post by : MalcolmL - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2416