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Kennedy Square - Chapter 29 Kennedy Square - Chapter 29

Kennedy Square - Chapter 29
CHAPTER XXIXThe sudden halting of two vehicles close to the horse-block of the Temple Mansion--one an aristocratic carryall driven by a man in livery, and the other a dilapidated city hack in charge of a negro in patched overcoat and whitey-brown hat, the discharge of their inmates, one of whom was Colonel Talbot Rutter of Moorlands carrying two pillows, and another a strange young man loaded down with blankets--the slow disembarking of a gentleman in so wretched a state of health that he was practically carried up the front steps by his body-servant, and the subsequent arrival of Dr. Teackle on... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2530

Kennedy Square - Chapter 28 Kennedy Square - Chapter 28

Kennedy Square - Chapter 28
CHAPTER XXVIIIIntruders of all kinds had thrust their heads between the dripping, slightly moist, and wholly dry installments of Aunt Jemima's Monday wash, and each and every one had been assailed by a vocabulary hurled at them through the creaky gate, and as far out as the street--peddlers; beggars; tramps; loose darkies with no visible means of support, who had smelt the cooking in the air--even goats with an acquired taste for stocking legs and window curtains--all of whom had either been invited out, whirled out, or thrown out, dependent upon the damage inflicted, the size of the favors asked, or... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2024

Kennedy Square - Chapter 27 Kennedy Square - Chapter 27

Kennedy Square - Chapter 27
CHAPTER XXVIIWhen the first glimmer of the gray dawn stole through the small window at the end of the narrow hall, and laid its chilled fingers on Harry's upturned face, it found him still asleep. His ride to Moorlands and back--his muscles unused for months to the exercise--had tired him. The trials of the day, too, those with his father and his Uncle George, had tired him the more--and so he had slept on as a child sleeps--as a perfectly healthy man sleeps--both mind and body drinking in the ozone of a new courage and a new hope. With the first... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1564

Kennedy Square - Chapter 26 Kennedy Square - Chapter 26

Kennedy Square - Chapter 26
CHAPTER XXVIHarry looked about the room in a bewildered way and then tiptoed to St. George's bed. It had been a day of surprises, but this last had completely upset him. St. George dependent on the charity of his old cook and without other attendant than Todd! Why had he been deserted by everybody who loved him? Why was he not at Wesley or Craddock? Why should he be here of all places in the world? All these thoughts surged through his mind as he stood above the patient and watched his slow, labored breathing. That he had been ill for... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2476

Kennedy Square - Chapter 23 Kennedy Square - Chapter 23

Kennedy Square - Chapter 23
CHAPTER XXIIIWith the closing in of the autumn and the coming of the first winter cold, the denizens of Kennedy Square gave themselves over to the season's entertainments. Mrs. Cheston, as was her usual custom, issued invitations for a ball--this one in honor of the officers who had distinguished themselves in the Mexican War. Major Clayton, Bowdoin, the Murdochs, Stirlings, and Howards--all persons of the highest quality--inaugurated a series of chess tournaments, the several players and those who came to look on to be thereafter comforted with such toothsome solids as wild turkey, terrapin, and olio, and such delectable liquids as... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1893

Kennedy Square - Chapter 22 Kennedy Square - Chapter 22

Kennedy Square - Chapter 22
CHAPTER XXIISt. George had now reached the last stage of his poverty. The selling or pawning of the few valuables left him had been consummated and with the greatest delicacy, so as best to spare his feelings. That he had been assisted by hitherto unknown friends who had sacrificed their own balances in his behalf, added temporarily to his comforts but did not lessen the gravity of the present situation. The fact remained that with the exception of a few possible assets he was practically penniless. Every old debt that could be collected--and Gadgem had been a scourge and a flaming... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1165

Kennedy Square - Chapter 21 Kennedy Square - Chapter 21

Kennedy Square - Chapter 21
CHAPTER XXIBut all outings must come to an end. And so when the marsh grass on the lowlands lay in serried waves of dappled satin, and the corn on the uplands was waist high and the roses a mob of beauty, Kate threw her arms around Peggy and kissed her over and over again, her whole heart flowing through her lips; and then the judge got his good-by on his wrinkled cheek, and the children on any clean spot which she found on their molasses-covered faces; and then the cavalcade took up its line of march for the boat-landing, Willits going... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 3472

Kennedy Square - Chapter 20 Kennedy Square - Chapter 20

Kennedy Square - Chapter 20
CHAPTER XXTheir reception at Wesley, the ancestral home of the Costons, although it was late at night when they arrived, was none the less joyous. Peggy was the first to welcome the invalid, and Tom was not far behind. "Give her to me, St. George," bubbled Peggy, enfolding the girl in her arms. "You blessed thing! Oh, how glad I am to get hold of you! They told me you were ill, child--not a word of truth in it! No, Mr. Coston, you sha'n't even have one of her little fingers until I get through loving her. What's your mammy's name--Henny?... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 3565

Kennedy Square - Chapter 19 Kennedy Square - Chapter 19

Kennedy Square - Chapter 19
CHAPTER XIXOver two years have passed away since that mournful night when Harry with his hand in St. George's, his voice choking, had declared his determination to leave him the next day and seek his fortunes across the seas. It was a cruel blow to Temple, coming as it did on the heels of his own disaster, but when the first shock had passed he could but admire the lad for his pluck and love him the better for his independence. "All right, my son," he had said, concealing as best he could his intense suffering over the loss of his... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1666

Kennedy Square - Chapter 18 Kennedy Square - Chapter 18

Kennedy Square - Chapter 18
CHAPTER XVIIIWith the breaking of the dawn Harry's mind was made up. Before the sun was an hour high he had dressed hurriedly, stolen downstairs so as to wake no one, and closing the front door softly behind him had taken the long path through the park in the direction of the wharves. Once there, he made the rounds of the shipping offices from Light Street wharf to the Falls--and by the time St. George had finished dressing--certainly before he was through his coffee--had entered the name of Henry Rutter on two sets of books--one for a position as supercargo and... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1308

Kennedy Square - Chapter 17 Kennedy Square - Chapter 17

Kennedy Square - Chapter 17
CHAPTER XVIIThere was no one at home when Harry returned except Todd, who, having kept his position outside the dining-room door during the heated encounter, had missed nothing of the interview. What had puzzled the darky--astounded him really--was that no pistol-shot had followed his master's denouncement and defiance of the Lord of Moorlands. What had puzzled him still more was hearing these same antagonists ten minutes later passing the time o' day, St. George bowing low and the colonel touching his hat as he passed out and down to where Matthew and his horses were waiting. It was not surprising, therefore,... Long Stories - Post by : shedevil13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1628

Kennedy Square - Chapter 16 Kennedy Square - Chapter 16

Kennedy Square - Chapter 16
CHAPTER XVINot only Kennedy Square, but Moorlands, rang with accounts of the dinner and its consequences. Most of those who were present and who witnessed the distressing spectacle had only words of sympathy for the unfortunate man--his reverent manner, his contrite tones, and abject humiliation disarming their criticism. They felt that some sudden breaking down of the barriers of his will, either physical or mental, had led to the catastrophe. Richard Horn voiced the sentiments of Poe's sympathizers when, in rehearsing the episode the next afternoon at the club, he had said: "His pitiable condition, gentlemen, was not the result of... Long Stories - Post by : shedevil13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 885

Kennedy Square - Chapter 13 Kennedy Square - Chapter 13

Kennedy Square - Chapter 13
CHAPTER XIIISuch were the soft, balmy conditions in and around the Temple Mansion--conditions bringing only peace and comfort--(heart-aches were kept in check)--when one August morning there came so decided a change of weather that everybody began at once to get in out of the wet. The storm had been brewing for some days up Moorlands way all Harry's storms started, but up to the present moment there had been no indications in and about Kennedy Square of its near approach, or even of its existence. It was quite early in the day when the big drops began to patter down... Long Stories - Post by : shedevil13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 3111

Kennedy Square - Chapter 12 Kennedy Square - Chapter 12

Kennedy Square - Chapter 12
CHAPTER XIIThe colonel's treatment of Harry at the club had cleared the air of any doubt that either the boy or St. George might have had concerning Rutter's frame of mind. Henceforth the boy and the man would conduct their lives as if the Lord of Moorlands did not exist. So the boy unpacked the things which Alec had brought in, and with his mother's assistance--who came in once a week--hung up his hunting-clothes in the closet, racked up his guns and fishing-rods over the mantel, and suspended his favorite saddle by a stirrup on a hook in the hall. Then... Long Stories - Post by : shedevil13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2928

Kennedy Square - Chapter 11 Kennedy Square - Chapter 11

Kennedy Square - Chapter 11
CHAPTER XIAll the way back to his house St. George's wrath kept him silent. He had rarely been so stirred. He was not a brawler--his whole life had been one of peace; his whole ambition to be the healer of differences, and yet there were some things he could not stand. One of these was cruelty to a human being, and Rutter's public disowning of Harry was cruelty of the most contemptible kind. But one explanation of such an outrage was possible--the man's intolerable egoism, added to his insufferable conceit. Only once did Temple address Harry, walking silently by his side... Long Stories - Post by : shedevil13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1519

Kennedy Square - Chapter 10 Kennedy Square - Chapter 10

Kennedy Square - Chapter 10
CHAPTER XSt. George held no such sanguine view, although he made no comment. In fact the outbreak had rather depressed him. He knew something of Talbot's stubbornness and did not hope for much in that direction, nor, if the truth be told, did he hope much in Kate's. Time alone could heal her wounds, and time in the case of a young girl, mistress of herself, beautiful, independent, and rich, might contain many surprises. It was with a certain sense of relief, therefore, that he again sought the inside of the club. Its restful quiet would at least take his mind... Long Stories - Post by : shedevil13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1879

Kennedy Square - Chapter 9 Kennedy Square - Chapter 9

Kennedy Square - Chapter 9
CHAPTER IXMysterious things are happening in Kennedy Square. Only the very wisest men know what it is all about--black Moses for one, who tramps the brick walks and makes short cuts through the dirt paths, carrying his tin buckets and shouting: "Po' ole Moses--po' ole fellah! O-Y-S-T-E-R-S! O-Y-STERS!" And Bobbins, the gardener, who raked up last year's autumn leaves and either burned them in piles or spread them on the flower-beds as winter blankets. And, of course, Mockburn, the night watchman: nothing ever happens in and around Kennedy Square that Mockburn doesn't know of. Many a time has he helped various... Long Stories - Post by : shedevil13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1250

Kennedy Square - Chapter 8 Kennedy Square - Chapter 8

Kennedy Square - Chapter 8
CHAPTER VIIIWhile all this talk filled the air it is worthy of comment that after his denunciation of Pancoast's views at the club, St. George never again discussed the duel and its outcome. His mind was filled with more important things:--one in particular--a burning desire to bring the lovers together, no matter at what cost nor how great the barriers. He had not, despite his silence, altered a hair-line of the opinion he had held on the night he ordered the gig, fastened Harry's heavy coat around the young man's shoulders, and started back with him through the rain to his... Long Stories - Post by : shedevil13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1691

Kennedy Square - Chapter 7 Kennedy Square - Chapter 7

Kennedy Square - Chapter 7
CHAPTER VIIThe secrecy enjoined upon everybody conversant with the happenings at Moorlands did not last many hours. At the club, across dinner tables, at tea, on the street, and in the libraries of Kennedy Square, each detail was gone over, each motive discussed. None of the facts were exaggerated, nor was the gravity of the situation lightly dismissed. Duels were not so common as to blunt the sensibilities. On the contrary, they had begun to be generally deplored and condemned, a fact largely due to the bitterness resulting from a famous encounter which had taken place a year or so before... Long Stories - Post by : shedevil13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1682

Kennedy Square - Chapter 6 Kennedy Square - Chapter 6

Kennedy Square - Chapter 6
CHAPTER VIThe wounded man lay on a lounge in the office room, which was dimly lighted by the dying glow of the outside torches and an oil lamp hurriedly brought in. No one was present except St. George, Harry, the doctor, and a negro woman who had brought in some pillows and hot water. All that could be done for him had been done; he was unconscious and his life hung by a thread. Harry, now that the mysterious thing called his "honor" had been satisfied, was helping Teackle wash the wound prior to an attempt to probe for the ball.... Long Stories - Post by : shedevil13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 792