A Bunch of Keys; Where They Were Found and What They Might Have Unlocked. a Christmas Book

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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. 1865 Excerpt: ...Shab, old cock, a gallon of beer, and you so much as look at it and I'll knock your empty old head off. D'ye hear?" This was a coarse speech, but it was not said unkindly. Shab was a general favourite, for he was always at hand when wanted, and never grumbled at his honorarium. He had seen better days, as ...
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A bunch of keys; where they were found and what they might have unlocked. A Christmas book

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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. 1865 Excerpt: ...Shab, old cock, a gallon of beer, and you so much as look at it and I'll knock your empty old head off. D'ye hear?" This was a coarse speech, but it was not said unkindly. Shab was a general favourite, for he was always at hand when wanted, and never grumbled at his honorarium. He had seen better days, as the saying is, having originally been employed on odd jobs in the Pauper Philosophy Office as a lawstationer's clerk; but old age came upon him, and his hand trembled so that he became unfit for his work. So he became a hanger-on to the office in which he had temporarily served, and picked up occasional coppers as a kind of out-door message carrier. "Why you look out of sorts; had your dinner, Shab?" asked a clerk. "No, sir, no--not yet." "Thought not; you look hungry. Here's a tanner for you--no, I haven't got it." "Looks hungry," thought young John, "by Jove, he is hungry, too. Here, my man," added he, aloud, "here's a shilling for you, and in God's name get something to eat." A clerk from another room burst into the office. "What's this I hear about Jack Pounce come back again V said the new comer. "Jack, old chap, doosid glad to see you. Why what are you doing in a uniform V The answer was interrupted by an extraordinary proceeding on the part of poor old Shab. "Jack! Young John! 0 God!" And poor old Johnny Pounce fell into his son's arms. So old, so feeble, so broken, had cheery little Johnny Pounce become since he went to the Bad! His rusty old suit of clothes was the cast-off of a waiter, just as he himself was the cast-off of society. He was living in a miserable attic in Tothill Fields, and his once buxom little wife was in the fever ward of the Westminster Hospit...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150741876
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 66
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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