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Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. I'm goin' to give you the fifteen dollars now--it's a power of money fora boy of your size, Teddy--, an' if you make anything, as I allow youwill, I'm to have eighteen dollars back; don't forget that part of thetrade.
Hargreaves was by no means as sanguine as her son concerning thesuccess of the scheme, and actually appeared frightened when Teddyshowed her the money he had received from his Uncle Nathan, who wasreputed to be the "closest-fisted" merchant to be found within a day'sride of Peach Bottom Run. I know he is not generous, but havealways believed that if we should be in yet more straitenedcircumstances he would give us some assistance. I want to go to Waterville to buy my stock inthe morning, an' am counting on walking.
The Adventures of a Country Boy at a Country Fair by James Otis
It's only seven miles, an' I'llsave fifty cents by traveling on shanks' mare. The thought of the success which should attend him in his new venturekept his eyes open a long while after getting into bed, and when hefinally succeeded in crossing over to the land of Nod, dreams of thefortune to be made during the coming week visited his brain, andremained there until his mother's voice summoned him to breakfast.
The sun had not yet come up from behind the hills when he was trudgingsturdily along over the dusty road, carrying a generous luncheon tied ina snowy-white napkin, and with his money secured by many pins in thelining of his cap. In a trifle more than two hours he was at Waterville, wondering why thestores were not open, no matter how early it was, when such an importantcustomer as himself came to town.
Since the merchants were evidently ignorant of his arrival, as wasevidenced by the fact that their places of business yet remained closed,there was no more profitable occupation for him than to eat a secondbreakfast, which he proceeded to do, using a hand-truck on thedepot-platform as a seat. The train which left New York on the evening before had arrived sometime previous, and the station was temporarily deserted by all save aboy of about Teddy's age, who was walking to and fro in an aimlessmanner. Are you goin' there?
Why, I'm goin' to help run it. It won't be any more'n fun, an' if you'll come over I'll take you out. Say, why can't I goto your house, an' stay till it's time to go over to the fair? I'll paymy way.