Alice Waters, the Sandown Victory
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Wydanie: 2015 r.
Excerpt from Alice Waters, the Sandown Victory: A Temperance Story for Old and Young<br><br>"Oh Mother!" exclaimed our heroine, her flaxen ringlets in wild disorder; her dimpled cheeks glowing with intense excitement, as she bounded lightly, and almost breathlessly into the room of her cottage-home, where her mother was preparing the scanty meal for her little ones, on their return from school.<br><br>"Oh, Mother! I ran away from Jennie and Josie, and Lettie; for I was in such a hurry to tell you the news, Miss Manners, our teacher told us, that there was going to be a Temperance Lecture in the Town Hall this evening; and she said that we must all be there, and not forget to tell our parents and friends to come, too. And Oh! Mother! it is a woman that is going to lecture, and I am sure you will go, and Father, and all of us; please Mother mayn't we? I know that a woman never has lectured in Sandown; has there Mother?" Mrs. Waters did not reply, for there was a heavy shadow on her brow, and bright crystal tears were chasing each other merrily down her pale, sunken cheeks; and a heavy sob escaped from her lips, as she caught a glimpse of her inebriate husband, reeling and muttering through the broken doorway of their delapidated abode.<br><br>He was just in the prime of manhood; tall and well proportioned; with dark, brilliant eyes, a high, broad forehead, around which clustered a rich redundence of dark curly hair; and in his sober moments a smile of almost irresistible beauty, played around his handsome mouth and intellectual brow.<br><br>Fifteen years before, Mrs. Waters, then the Belle of Sandown, had stood at the bridal altar and intrusted her life happiness to the keeping of him who had vowed to cherish and protect her, so long as they both should live.<br><br>She was then the envy of many a rosy-cheeked, bright-eyed damsel, for miles around. For none would have hesitated to become the bride of Joseph Waters, the successful mechanic, whose fair fame not even the finger of scandal had dared to mar.<br><br>About the Publisher<br><br>Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com<br><br>This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.