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the road. Jim brought the steamer around the sharp corner with a rush and without touching the stand-pipe or the curb. There isn't a man in the uniform can beat Jim for handling a team and engine as big as ours. He keeps a whip in the socket, but only because the regulations say to keep one. If the regulations told him to drive with one eye shut, he would shut one eye. That's Jim. He's got red hair, and he sticks to the regulations.
I saw him twist his mouth down in the corner, and I knew he was jollying Mamie about being slow. The old girl spread out a little. Prince was slow, and she turned her pink nose around as she pulled away, and nipped him on the jaw. The old man came to life and began to work harder. Togo never thinks of anything but getting to a fire, so Mamie couldn't find fault with his work.
Number Sixty-four was coming down the Beekman Street grade to Pearl faster than any engine ever went over a street in this big town of New York, and so I quickly increased my distance, knowing there would be danger. The big engine belched and screamed as she came along, and the bell of the hose-wagon behind her kept banging away. But all of it didn't count for much. The
elevated trains over Pearl Street and the big grind of the bridge trains above them would drown any kind of noise. The breeze was blowing from the river, and the smoke got thicker as we ran along.
I could see Jim's eyes watching me over Mamie's white ears as they went up and down, for he depended on me to keep the way clear for him. I wheeled every two bounds to make sure that things were right in both directions. Suddenly Jimmie stood up and began sawing on the reins. I turned a half somersault to look for the trouble and, great Cerberus, if there wasn't a baby no bigger than myself toddling out in the street!
The baby was about five feet from the curb and just getting under way to cross the street. About four steps more and it would have been right in line for death. Everybody on the sidewalks was watching the big engine come down the grade, and the little one was so small that nobody noticed her. There was only one thing to do and I did it. I jumped for that baby and hit it right in the breast with all my weight. It screamed and fell back on the curb. Number Sixty-four had plenty of room, and I saw Jim settle back slowly in his seat and lean over Mamie's back again with a grin on his face.
“Oh, I am so glad the baby was saved!” exclaimed May as Uncle Jack finished.
“Smoke was a splendid dog, Uncle,” said Ben.
Just then they heard music. The deck orchestra had begun its concert. It had played but a few bars when Uncle Jack said:
“Well, well! What a curious coincidence!” “What, Uncle?” exclaimed the children.
“Why, here we are talking about one dog, and the orchestra is making music about another.”
OLD DOG TRAY Arr. by GEORGE H. GARTLAN
STEPHEN C. FOSTER
1. The morn of life is past And ev'n-ing comes at last, 2. The forms I called my own Have van-ished one by one, 3. When tho'ts re- call the past His eyes are on me cast,
It brings me a dream of a once hap- py day, Of
mer - ry forms I've seen Up - on the vil - lage green,hap - py smiles have flown, Theirgen - tle voi - ces gone, I've tho' he can - not speak, I'll vain - ly, vain - ly, seek A
Sport-ing with my old dog Tray. Old dog Tray's ev - er
faith-ful, Grief cannot drive him a-way; He's gen-tle, he is kind,
I'll nev-er, nev- er find
A bet-terfriend than old dog Tray.
TO THE PUPIL:
1. Coincidence means a falling together, two or more events occurring at the same time.
The prefix fore means before; as, fore-tell, to tell before. Analyze and define: forenoon, forerunner, foresee, forewarn, foresight, forethought.
2. Use each of the following phrases in a declarative sentence: from whom, to whom, by whom, between you and me, between her and me, between him and me.
3. Change each declarative sentence into an interrogative sentence.
TO THE TEACHER:
Review work, pp. 419–424.