Tales of a time and place

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byGrace Elizabeth King

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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. 1892. Excerpt: ... THE CHRISTMAS STORY OF A LITTLE CHURCH. T was a little ugly brick church, and it had been built out of a little ugly brick house--a cheap, made-over concern. There was hardly a new brick, a new nail, or a hodful of new mortar in it. What could possibly be made use of had been left standing. Of what had been torn down, the bricks were cleaned, the mortar pulverized and sifted, and the nails extracted from the joists and beams: such a spirit of economy reigned in the erection that even the broken pieces of slate from the roof were trimmed and put in a pile by themselves, to use, instead of breaking up a new one, to fill up a corner or end a row. The little dago girl from the end of the block was the indefatigable observer of it all, as if she wanted to learn the process, and apply it herself, too, one of these days to the changing of a house of the devil into a house of the good God. For that it was a house of the devil no one in the length and breadth of the town had much doubt--one of those consular buildings of a great potentate who never fails to provide a representative in every town. The village must be very small and insignificant indeed, and blessed, where there are not more than one of these official residents, and the villagers not enterprising, or progressive, as the word goes. The neighbors had complained of the house, the servants had gossiped about it; the very garbage man, looking as if he himself had been fished out of the garbage of humanity for the office, grumbled that he had to add its leavings to the reeking contents of his cart, and when he could, neglected it, thus insuring a further malodor to the precincts; for, as he reasonably explained to any one who would listen to him, as if corroborating also a questionable fact about himself,...

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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. 1892. Excerpt: ... THE CHRISTMAS STORY OF A LITTLE CHURCH. T was a little ugly brick church, and it had been built out of a little ugly brick hou...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021756609X

ISBN - 13:9780217566094

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