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"Hi, there! Mikky! Look out!"
It was an alert voice that called from a huddled group of urchins in the forefront of the crowd, but the child flashed past without heeding, straight up the stone steps where stood a beautiful baby smiling on the crowd. With his bundle of papers held high, and the late morning sunlight catching his tangle of golden hair, Mikky flung himself toward the little one. The sharp crack of a revolver from the opposite curbstone was simultaneous with their ...
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Lo, Michael!

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Overview

"Hi, there! Mikky! Look out!"
It was an alert voice that called from a huddled group of urchins in the forefront of the crowd, but the child flashed past without heeding, straight up the stone steps where stood a beautiful baby smiling on the crowd. With his bundle of papers held high, and the late morning sunlight catching his tangle of golden hair, Mikky flung himself toward the little one. The sharp crack of a revolver from the opposite curbstone was simultaneous with their fall. Then all was confusion.
It was a great stone house on Madison Avenue where the crowd had gathered. An automobile stood before the door, having but just come quietly up, and the baby girl three years old, in white velvet, and ermines, with her dark curls framed by an ermine-trimmed hood, and a bunch of silk rosebuds poised coquettishly over the brow vying with the soft roses of her cheeks came out the door with her nurse for her afternoon ride. Just an instant the nurse stepped back to the hall for the wrap she had dropped, leaving the baby alone, her dark eyes shining like stars under the straight dark brows, as she looked gleefully out in the world. It was just at that instant, as if by magic, that the crowd assembled.
Perhaps it would be better to say that it was just at that minute that the crowd focused itself upon the particular house where the baby daughter of the president of a great defaulting bank lived. More or less all the morning, men had been gathering, passing the house, looking up with troubled or threatening faces toward the richly laced windows, shaking menacing heads, muttering imprecations, but there had been no disturbance, and no concerted crowd until the instant the baby appeared.
The police had been more or less vigilant all the morning but had seen nothing to disturb them. The inevitable small boy had also been in evidence, with his natural instinct for excitement. Mikky with his papers often found himself in that quarter of a bright morning, and the starry eyes and dark curls of the little child were a vision for which he often searched the great windows as he passed this particular house: but the man with the evil face on the other side of the street, resting a shaking hand against the lamp post, and sighting the baby with a vindictive eye, had never been seen there before. It was Mikky who noticed him first: Mikky, who circling around him innocently had heard his imprecations against the rich, who caught the low-breathed oath as the baby appeared, and saw the ugly look on the man's face. With instant alarm he had gone to the other side of the street, his eye upon the offender, and had been the first to see the covert motion, the flash of the hidden weapon and to fear the worst.
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  • BN ID: 2940000774809
  • Publisher: B&R Samizdat Express
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 348,566
  • File size: 658 KB

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

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    Powerful book!

    This is my absolute favorite book by Grace Livingston Hill. Michael was raised on the streets of New York. As a young boy, he takes a bullet meant for the toddler daughter of a wealthy New York Banker. For saving his child's life, the father sends him to school for an education. The boy does not want to leave his friends behind, but agrees to go so that he can someday return and better the lives of his friends. As an adult, he returns to New York to find his friends and is startled to find out what they have become. But he is eager to help them and his old neighborhood by educating and bettering the lives of the poor. He works a day job and uses all his money to help the poor. And the people begin to change for the better due to education and putting them in touch with nature, through working the soil on the farm. Through it all, he struggles with his feelings for the girl her saved as a girl. It was a very wonderful book about social problems in the early 1900's and the influence of one's faith and loyalty which compelled people to step out of their comfort zones and reach out to others.

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    Posted November 4, 2012

    Wonderful story!

    Keeps you in suspense through the whole story. Wonderful story of patience, faith, hardship, loss and love.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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