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The Dusantes (Notable American Authors)
by Frank Richard Stockton
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Reprint Services Corp
Weight: 0.95 pound
Dimension: H: 0.7 x L: 9.3 x W: 6.2 inches
ISBN 10: 0781289289
ISBN 13: 9780781289283
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: the road was heavy or more upon a level, and then we would go jolting and rattling over some long downward stretch. After a particularly unpleasant descent of this kind the coach seemed suddenly to change its direction, and with a twist and an uplifting of one side it bumped heavily against something and stopped. I heard a great shout outside, and from a window which now commanded a view of the road I saw our team of six horses, with the drivers pulling and tugging at the two they rode, madly running away at the top of their speed. Ruth, who had been thrown by the shock into the arms of Mrs. Aleshine, was dreadfully frightened, and screamed for her father. I had been pitched forward upon Mrs. Lecks, but I quickly recovered myself, and as soon as I found that none of the occupants of the coach had been hurt, I opened the door and sprang out. In the middle of the road stood Mr. Endertou, entirely uninjured, with a jubilant expression on his face, and in one hand a large closed umbrella. ' What has happened I' I exclaimed, hurrying around to the front of the coach, where I saw that the pole had been broken off about the middle of its length. 'Nothing has happened, sir,' replied Mr. Enderton. ' You cannot speak of a wise and discreet act, determinately performed, as a thing which 'has happened. We have been saved, sir, from being dashed to pieces behind that wild and unmanageable team of horses; and I will add that we have been saved by my forethought and prompt action.' I turned and looked at him in astonishment. 'What do you mean?' I said. 'What could you have had to do with this accident ?' ' Allow me to repeat,' said Mr. Enderton, ' that it was not an accident. The moment that we began to go down hill I perceived that we were in a position of the greatest danger....

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