By Ray Stannard Baker

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I’m warm and tired, but I stick down to it and wait with straining ear for the music. At the very first note, of that whistle I drop my spade. I will even empty out a load of dirt half way up rather than expend another ounce of energy; and I spring out of the ditch and start for home with a single desire in my heart—or possibly lower down. And Harriet, standing in the doorway, seems to me a sort of angel—a culinary angel! Talk of joy: there may be things better than beef stew and baked potatoes and home-made bread—there may be— — 34 DAVID GRAYSON ADVENTURES IN CONTENTMENT VII AN ARGUMENT WITH A MILLIONNAIRE  “Let the mighty and great Roll in splendour and state, I envy them not, I declare it.

As we turned into the main road we saw the Patterson children on their way to church, all the little girls in Sunday ribbons, and all the little boys very uncomfortable in knit stockings. “It seems a pity to go to church on a day like this,” I said to Harriet. ” she exclaimed. ” Harriet is good because she can’t help it. —but I haven’t any pity for her. It sometimes seems to me the more worshipful I feel the less I want to go to church. I don’t know why it is, but these forms, simple though they are, trouble me.

Hit me if you dare,” blustered his outward personality. “For God’s sake, don’t hit me,” cried the innate fear in his eyes. I stopped and looked at him sharply, His eyes dropped, his look slid away, so that I experienced a sense of shame, as though I had trampled upon him. A damp rag of humanity! I confess that my first impulse, and a strong one, was to kick him for the good of the human race. No man has a right to be like that. And then, quite suddenly, I had a great revulsion of feeling. What was I that I should judge without knowledge?

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