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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...had not been known to come, so much of it. Mr. Rathburn seemed more like himself, with less fever. Ho had drowsy spells, too, and real sleeps, during which McCracken could leave him and go and shovel snow; but his naps were full of dreams, and hi3 rough old nurse remarked: "There's naething can keep him oot o' the mines that he's finding. "Wha can guess them, where they are? He'll never remember ane o' them when he wakes." That was bad, considering how correctly a man asleep can travel under a mountain and find out what there is there; but McCracken made up for the loss of the dreamland shafts and tunnels by those he was making above ground. "I do want to hear from Mrs. Craik so much!" pleaded Mrs. Van Koven, but she had to be satisfied with his somewhat stubborn rejoinder: "Our ain barns first, ma'am. A' o' them. It's to be a lang path to the toon.--Aye, I'll care for the neebors as sune as I can. They're no waur aff than we." She could not feel sure of that, and she said so to her daughter just after the noonday meal. "Car'line," she said, "if anything has happened to them" Not many minutes later Mrs. Van Koven was upstairs caring for Mr. Rathburn, and she had forgotten the Craiks for the time. She was listening to the inspector's dream talk about geological formations, and away in among her other thoughts was a very old resident of her mind that repeated, again and again: "I wish Tom Van Koven had found coal. I could do more for Car'line if he had." A step, trying not to be heavy, sounded behind her, and she turned to hear, in a whisper: "A' right noo, ma'am. I ha' fed the pigs and the kye" "The geese!" exclaimed Mrs. Van Koven. "Na feather o' them is...
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