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The Salt Lake herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah) 1870-1909, July 03, 1904, Last Edition, Section Two, Image 15

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How a Small Boy First FirstMet Denny enn the Rambillicus Rambillicusand Ramb ll cas casand
Met e the e Rambillicas am and andDestroyed a and ± the Skee Skeew ee < wink re nk Try to toDedde toDedde
Destroyed o e the Bad Goon
> r Dedde How to Escape ca car
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TITLE ITTLE Dennys s father was a flagman on the thef dmrai1oad theL
L L f fraflroad and they lived in a little shanty shantyrigltt shantyri shantyright
right ri tt beside the track so that Dennys father fathercould iatherccmW fathercould
could run out at any time to warn peseersbythat paseorsby that a atrain 8train atrain
train was coming eom D The flagman had oily one arm armthe armtbe armthe
the other having been cut off by the wheels whe ls of a car carand caraJld carand
and people used to ask Donny where his fathers fathersother fathersother athersother
other arm was just to hear him reply that it wns in inHeaven inIIea inHeaven
Heaven HeavenDenny IIea HeavenDenny en enDCl1uy
Denny thought t1Io t that anything that was buried buriedmust buriednmst buriedmust
must of course be in Heaven and that was what whathad whathad whathad
had happened to his fathers thers arm buried in a box boxin boxin boxin
in the cemetery cemeteryDennys cemeteryDamrs cemeteryDennys
Dennys bed was in a box too right ri ht beneath the thebench thebench thebench
bench upon UPQ which ti the flagman agman slept sient during his short shortnapa shortna shortnaps
napa na
napaDenny Denny went to school lrho l in the little litt e red red sChoolh schoolhouse school schoolhouse
house h use on the turnpike a mile m le away and and he was wasprobably wasproDIy wast
t probably the one boy in the school who wl o enjoyed enjoyedstudying enjoyedstudyi enjoyedstudying
studying studyi lessons 1esB 1lS His life was w not so very interest interesting inter86ting interesting ¬
ing at the th shanty shan that he was loath to leave it In Infact Inact Infact
fact act school was to Denny the most interesting place placeho placehe placehe
he had ever seen so far farVacation farVacation farVacation
Vacation meant merely a long period pe iod during duringwhich duringwhich duringwhich
which he learned very little from books and had to todepend todepend todepend
depend upon himself for amusement for o nearly nearlyevery neadyevery nearlyevery
every boy and girMn g rlin the school went away at that thattime thattime thattime
time and the little village was nearly deserted desertedAH de desertedAll erted ertedAll
All of the people in Barrettsburg were wealthy wealthythey wealthyttey
they dearly Dead all went we t to Europe or Atlantic City in inthe intJie inthe
the summer time but Denny never wen went anywhere anywhereexcept anJWheree anywhereexcept
e except pt to the woods or the creek to take a lonely lonelyswim lonelyswim lonelyswim
swim in the muddy streamPoor stream streamPoor atreomPoor
Poor Denny knew nothing about fairies elves or orgnomes orgnomes orgnomes
gnomes gnomes else J1 hejnight ight have often imagined himself himselfin
in the haunts o oTthe of the little people when w en he found foundhimself foundbhnie1 foundhimself
himself in the dim woodland hidingplaces of the thefairies thefox thefoe
fox and the hare where as everybody knows the thefairj thefairies
fairies fairj s always dwell but as his father fa r was a pecu peculiar peculiar peculiar ¬
liar man mniand and rarely spoke Denny had never heard heardany heardnny heardany
any fairy tales at all allYet allYet allYet
Yet to this lonely boy befell be ell as marvelous a hap happening MPpeniDg heppeningas ¬
pening peningas a could come to the lad best acquainted acquaintedwith aeftuaintedwitkfairy acquaintedwithfairy
with witkfairy fairy tale people peopleIn
In the first place Barrettsburg was was visited visi tOO by the lieGoon theGoon theGoon
Goon You never heard of a Goon perhaps and andmainly andmain1 andmainly
mainly main1 because eeauce his name never appeared in the thepapers thepapers thepapers
papers papers far or the reporters all united in keeping his hisdreadful hisdreadful hisdreadful
dreadful deeds secret as it was thought his ap appcaranca apCanmee appearanee
pcaranca > Canmee j fist i at the beginning of a national cam campaign campaign campaigns ¬
paign might D f lt excite alarm and bring on hard hardtes hardtesthus hardthus ti tithus
thus causing et the election of the candidate opp oppto opp1tsed opp1tsedto op opto
to prosperity prosperitySo P f7 f7So
So the Goon ravaged rav an immense rectum ee Oll of ofcountry ofcountri ofcountry
country without the rest of the th land knowing any a > > 7 ¬
thiD thing about hay khn J m except what the Ie reporters chose choseto eD chaseto ee eeto
to tell their friends in whispers and even they 1i eJr had hadnever hadncna hadnever
never really n set eyes oyes on the awful awfuIDlOllllRlr awfuIDlOllllRlrA monfcter monfcterA
A few very poor photographs Bs had been taken
from a great distance of the creature but they were werenot werenot Werenot
not very v r7 plain and therefore thereforethore there was w w e every possi po possi1 possi1ble iJ iJbledifterenee
bks bledifterenee difference in t the descriptions de eriptiens given t ftft out of the thef
1 Goons appearance appearanceWhen aPPEaranceIf
If l f When it was known that the Goon was heading head
for Bmrrettsburg Barret rebury and slowly 81ow approaching pproa that thatwealthy thatwealtby thatwealthy
wealthy village there was great alarm alarmThe alarmThe alarmThe
The creature devoured almost every everything tiling but it itwfis itW1i8 itwe
wfis we of course fondest of hay wheat rye pats ats and andother aDdother andother
other cereals but also its strange s end abnormal abnormalappetite atmormalappetite abnormalappetite
appetite caused it to hungrily gobble up coal wood woodand woedaDd woodand
and even garments that were werq1mng werei hung oa the clothes cloth
lines A wash hung out napping fla tp ppng D < < in the wind was wasan wasan wasan
an invitation and a temptation that took the Goon Goonmany GcHmImlny Goonninny
many a mile out of it way and a coalyard coal yard full wi wicool ofcoal f fcoal +
coal made it linger for hours until it had been beencleaned beenoJaned beenell
cleaned ell aped up to the last delicious morsel morselTLu morselThus morselThus
Thus it was in in the habit of following along the
line of a railroad watching for the passing coal coaltriin coaltnin3 coaltry
triin try + in vlikh it stopped stopr tJ jyad wd emptied c Ptie car after car carvheu caraad caraLl
aLl < vheu hc at t last n nu nuJiOr i jaorp ao arrived it Iowly moved movcdIf
If
on in its search for food Trees and fences barns barnsand barnsand barnand
and houses haystacks and crops all vanished beforg be befor bef
forg for f r9 it itas as I 5iE1 if n a fire had passed over the th land and andnothing andnothing Bd Bdnothi
nothing nothi but the homeless hungry people lpeP le were left leftBarrettsburg eft eftBarrettsburg
Barrettsburg was full of grain lumber coal and andin andin andin
in in its mill cotton in heaps while in the rubber fac factory factory factory ¬
tory were weremilli millions us of rubber boots boo coats and the thelike thelike thelike
like which it was very well known was what the theGoon theGoon theGoon
Goon liked the best bestFarmers bostFarmers bestFarmers
Farmers drove hurriedly into town with wagons wagonsloaded W1I8ODSloaded wagonsloaded
loaded with produce which they hoped te hide away awayburied y
in the markdt mark in the fields men dug greet pits its a and andburied d dburied
buried their precious store of grain or coal and the thelike t1telike thelike
like likeNow
t
Now of course there was nothing doing on the therailroad therailroad ae aerAilroad
railroad for the wrecks wr eks of coal cars stopped all alltraffic alltraflic alltraffic
traffic and therefore Dennys father fa ther had nothing
to t do but sleep and he slept Little cared he for the theGoon thoGoon theGoon
Goon He laughed when Denny asked him about aboutit
it and said saidFaith saidFaith saidFaith
Faith my boy you know l lOW more about the creature creaturethan creaturethan creaturethan
than I do If he comes ho cant do more than he has
done as far as I am concerned co CtntOO Sure hes put the therailroad therailroftd therailroad
railroad out of business but tlfefs no COIt concern eIR + n e omine emine 7 7mine
mine My pay goes on unless the railroad buatsup busts b1 ts up
Wait till he comes aDd Ill tell ye e all H ab b it U t him himBut himBut
But Danny DQIll1 couldnt wait He wanted Jo to see tie tieGoonand theGoon e eGoon
Goonand Goon and when all other people wer were r hurrying hurryingaway hbrryiU hbrryiUawayfrom hurryiaway
away awayfrom from the theere creature ture he resolved to go 0 and meet meetit matit meetit
it He had heard that it had never harmed human humanbeings humanbeings humanbeings
beings and therefore he saw nothing to dread dreadDenny dreadDenny dreadDenny
Denny packed up a small supply of food enough enoughto DOught
to t last him several days as well as a b big bottle of ofwater ofwater ofwater
water for lie had heard of the Goons thirst r and anddidnt anddidnt anddidnt
didnt expect t to find a spring flowing ui in the region regionlie r region regionlie n nte
lie te was going to visit and early in the morning ho hostarted Bestarted hestarted
started off offHe offHe offIIc
He met many mav mai y people hastening fts llingto to town all of ofwhom ofwhom ofwhom
whom asked hun whore he was going and warmly warmlyadvised w warmlyadvised rm1y rm1yndvised
advised him to turn back a thing he had little i We mind
for I assure you for or he became more and more moreeager morcer moreeager
eager er to see the monster the nearer lie cam eaJllW to the thescene thoscene thescene
scene of his ravages But after a time he Jemet met no nomore nomore nomore
more people all had fled from the region regionAnd rctiouAnd regionAnd
And here he came to two roads either of which whichmight whichmight whichmight
might lead him to the t Goon but be conkhtt tell tellwhich tellwhich
which Jridt was the right road to take There Therere wereno werenosigns were no nosigns DOsigns
signs da yet of the dread monster all was Was silent silentand silentand silentand
and peaceful nothing noisier than a robin disturb ¬
ing ingtbe the stillness stillnessClimbing stiUne8SClim1 stillnessClimnbin
Climbing Clim1 i g a tall tree Danny saw saw far iatfie ia dis distance distanee distance ¬
tance a line of low hills crowned withtrees aad alldbe alldbeeoIIcluded hoeoneluded be beconcluded
eoneluded concluded to follow foll w the road to t the tbexightm er right J iii the bo bothat hope hopethat hopetfaat
that it would lead t to c the woods WO dsw Wherpjie w ha > phe really reaD be ¬
lieved the Goon might mi t be seen seenNow soonNow f fNow
Now in fact he took eat exactly tl y tl tlopposete > < f opposite op OSitt direr dirertion w wtion ¬
tion from romthat that in which the Gookr G God was iv s moving and
he traveled as fast as be becould could t taSk k away from fromthe flOJRthe fromthe
the monster In another day heads he s climbing el J 1bfBg ihef ihefwooded t tWIHK1ed the thewooded
wooded hflbrand hills and next ne t morning he lo looked led down into intoa mtoA
a lovely peaceful valley through which a a silver silverstream s slvorstream ver verstream
stream clear as a diamond rip rippled t ed beneath fruit fruittrees fruittrees fruittrees
trees and palms along Io flowery banks banksAs haulsAs
As he strolled along he h saw cocoanuts bananas bananasoranges bananasoraDgeS bananasorange
oranges dates figs gs and all manner of delicious
frqits groVing wing overhead while strawberries and andpineapples andpi andpineapples
pineapples pi eapples simply covered the ground groundre
Here re grew roast peanuts pe1 uts 1 There he espied esp a bash sh
bearing cookies coC > > t1os Springs of lemonade gushed UShe from fromcrystal fromC17Btal fromcrystal
crystal basins and lay in shining pools of pink lovo
liness 1 Chewinggum pods stuck out ou from tree
trunks 1 Caramels Caramelsmng hung from rom stalks and strings strin of
taffy to from boughs overhead I Popcorn balls stew
like likemushrooms m mushrooms hrooms in the grass I Flowers that ro resembled rosembfed rosembJed
sembfed sunflowers held pies in their centresnamon centres ce ltres Cin Cinnamon Cinnamon ¬
namon buns grew in gnarled lumps and bunches on onthe onthe onthe
the rocks l clts like moss in an ordinary wood PepDor Peppimiult
miult IN llt j PS cl 7 1 no t A tlio it b e edges T o of daisylike t petals petalsui ff ffOocoannt
il1 ui pa dt t tEdt Cocoanut cakes in giant gianti giantstet
11ii1ter stet i 1Jl the tonsof tODS topsof4all < oftall tall stems sh L
OJ
1 1COh
Oh where am I exclaimed Denny in wonder wonderfor wonderor wonderfor
for or not having ever read any fairy tiles t 1c he of ofco ofCOtUsotcould ofcourse
COtUsotcould course co rse4coud could Juno no idea ofwh of what t had happened happenedYou lppenedYou
You 1 ou dr I would have instantly iDS t1ycneludcd concluded that wo wohad wolta4 welead
had fallen ICI into intoiairylandor fairyland or into some bewitched bewitchedcountry bewitchedcountry bewitchedcountry
country countryUc countryHe
j jHe i
He was 85 afraid to tastei tasteany taste any of the wonderful wonderfulthinggjhe wonderfulthhtgsjhe wonderfulthingehe
thinggjhe saw aw about him for lie was an honest lad ladand Jadand ladand
and he h thought natural naturany that all these dainties daintiesbelonged daintiesbelonged aintiesbelongod
belonged to somebody 5 who whovalued alued them themv themvery very ry much muchAt muchAt muchAt
At last he decided to Nt t his lunch luuelland and with all allthese aUthese allthese
these dainties growing so profusely about him l1 tl1 this thishonest thisncst thishonest
honest ncst lad sat down and ate his dry bread breadYet broody breadYctall
Yet y Yctall t all this time an e eJe e watchful and keen had hadbeen Iladheen hadbeen
been on him and he was followed by a silentfooted silentfootedspy
spy who vlO with great astonishment observed that thatDenny thatDenny thatDenny
Denny had not tasted a single fruit or bit of candy candyduring candyd candyduriteb
during d T ng all this time timeThis timcThis timeThis
This silent watcher was the fat merry Skeewink Skeewinkbut
but perhaps you may not know what the Skeewink Skeewinkis
is isHe
He looks exactly like an immense raccoon striped stripedand stripedand stripedand
and glossy with twinkling eyes and > white teeth teethWhen teethWhen teethWhen
When he saw Denny eating eatamg4ry dry bread h hs slipped out outfrom outifrom outlfroun
from the bushes and stood beside the boy Denny Dennystarted Dannystarted Dennystarted
started in surprise sur rise for he thought this was the theGoon theGoon theGoon
Goon The Skeewink said saidBoy saidBoy saidBoy
Boy what do you here her in our woods woodsI woodslI 1 1I
I am looking round replied Denny anxious anxiousnet anxiousnet anxiousnet
net to offend the creature I aint going to do any anyharm anyIH1rIn anyberm
harm Mr Goon GoonI Goonnat
I am not Mr Goon whoever that is said the theSkeowink theSk th e eSkeewink
Skeowink Sk QWink 11 I am calletUby another name nil me I am theSkeewink the theSkeewink theSkeewink
Skeewink x SAh xAh
111 Ah then I am all right thought Denny ExUSC Exanise Ex Excuse ¬
anise cuse USC me he added aloud II loud rIthought II I thought you yo were the theanimal theanimal theanimal
animal thats eating up everything CYcry 1ing ail ever over the thecountry theeountry thecountry
country countryWhats eountryV11aes countryWhats
Whats that in 3 cried tie Skeewink Eating up upeverything upeverything upeverything
everything Tell me about it itl itlDeJl11Y itDenny 1 1Denny
Denny told ld him all about the Goo awl then thenthe thenthe thenthe
the Skqcwink cried exeikdly exeikdlyButwe exei excibedlyBut lldly lldlyButfemust
Butwe Butfemust But vc must hasten hasten aad let the Rambillicusknow Rambillicus Rambillicusknow Rambillicuknow
know about this The Goon may happen upon this thisplace this1J1a thisplace
place 1J1a e at any moment and my m what a disaster that thatwill thatwill thatwill
will be beBut betIut berTit
But pra pray ra who is the RambillJcus inquired in9uiredDenny inquiredDenny inquiredDMm
Denny DennyThen DMm DMmThen DennyThen
Then the Skeewink sat down and told Denny Dann all alljabaut aUab allabout
jabaut ab about ut Benevolent RamWKcus who keeps the Per Perennial Perel Perennial ¬
ennial el nial Picnic Grounds > ft for r Good Children Cbildr where whereevery whereev whereevery
every ev ry boy and l1dgirl girl who w lo has the luck to be b found foundeither foundeitll foundeither
either eitll by Rambillicus or jolly old Skeewink his as assistant lISsist assistant ¬
sistant sist t spends many many happy days after school is isdosed isdosed 5 5closed
dosed dosedDenny dosedDemuy
Denny l1UY listened in amazement ama ment to hear of the wonderful won wonderful wonderful ¬
derful makeup of Rambillicus how he has a whole wholeawlsfountain wholerafountain wholewlafountain
awlsfountain at his side with cups hanging han Png by bychains byains bychains
chains ains his cupboards cupboax full of 0 pies cakes and other othergoodies otherg othergoodies
goodies g odics7 his banana toes his inside theatre rifle riflegalfery riflegJtne riflegallery
gallery gJtne dollhouse and merrygoround and his hisaerial hisaerial hisaerial
aerial refreshment re rehment airship things which may 1llnyor 1llnyorm8 or ormay ormay
may m8 not be perfectly familiar to you > but which to tothe totho tothe
the startled Denny were wer beyond all imaginationThis imagination imaginationThis
This valley is where the Rambillicus grows all allthe allthe allthe
the good things with which he treats his children childrensaid cl elildrensaid Idrcn Idrcnsaid
said the Skeewink looking around You nr are u quite quiteat quiteat quiteat
at liberty to eat anything you like he added fI fIdont Idontsupposc I Idont
dont dontsupposc suppose any boy was ever here before but butthat butthnt butthat
that dont make any difference differenceWhile 1 1While IVhi1e
While Denny was eating eatingand and you may be sure surehe surehe
he missed nothing nothingthe the Skeewink Ske wink added to his in information information information ¬
formation regarding the Rambillicus R mbillicus that lovely lovelyanimal 1o lovelyanimal e1y e1yanimal
animal loaded to the muzzle with doughnuts doughnutspickles doughnutspickles doughnutspickles
pickles pretzels and other dainties who sheds ice icecream icecraaniand icecream
cream craaniand and frankfurters pies and waffles trembles trembleswitE tremblesviU tremblestvith
witE viU pleasure when a a grateful gi atef ul boy or girl says saysthankyoiu sayshn saysthankyeu
thankyoiu hn y < tul and who wriggles with such 5 ch glee lee flint flintft net lnt1ifi nethcjustsquirts
ft 1ifi hcjustsquirts justTsquirts lemonade or soda water from glory gloryrsppht very t ry ryisPpUt
isPpUt L
Id Id love to see him once r exclaimed the boy boyYou boyley boyYou
ley You ou shall see him my son said the Skeewink Skeewinkfor SkcewinkIfor
Ifor for I must hasten hastento to him and nd warn him of thedanger the thedanger tllOdansertbat
danger dansertbat that may threaten threut n us u in this Goon you you tell tellabout fellabout tellabout
about aboutPerhaps aboutPerluips aboutPerhaps
Perhaps the Goon may m y not come this way sug suggested suggested suggested ¬
gested Denny Dennylouith loath Jof thto to leave the delightfuTsppt delightfuTspptNevertheless delightfulspotNevertheless t tNevertheless
Nevertheless me must warn Ram or we will be beto beto betobleme
tobleme to blameFolIow blame Follow me said the Skeewink SkeewinkDenny SkeewinkDenBy j jDenny
Denny rose and followed him until at t last l st he hesaw he5ft hesaw
saw 5ft W the dear old Rambillicus standing beneath a atree atrec atree
tree trec listening to the songs ongs of a number of children childrenin
in the grass Denny was amazed amazedThe amazedThc amazedThe
The animal somewhat resembled a hippopotamus hippopotamusbut
but with what a difference I Several doors leading leadingto
to apartments within showed on his side > a spiral spiralstairway spiralstairway spiralstairway
stairway was revealed in his hindleg hind J through one oneopen oneopen oneopen
open door and a toboggan slide descended from fromhis fromhis
his 1 s back while a balloon was suspended d over over him himin l1imin himin
in which were several children childrenDenny childrenDenny childrenDenny
<
Denny pinched himself to see if he ware awake awakeor
or or merely dreaming and then the Rambillioussaw Rambillioussawhim RambilliQus saw sawhim sawhim
him The Skeewink promptly told him about the theGoon theGoon theGoon
Goon and it was quite pitiful to see the tender tenderhearted tenderhearted tenderhearted ¬
hearted Rambillicus droop just like a great wilted wiltedcabbage wiltedcabbage wiltedcabbage
cabbage 1 He trembled and finally ally said in a thin thinweak thinweak thinweak
weak voice voiceOh voiceOh voiceOh
Oh my poor dear dearchildren children I felt elt it in my bones bonesthat bones11mt bonesthat
that something was going to happen Oh what shallwe shall shallvre shallwe
we do doLets doi doilcLefs dohLets
Lets go away F 1 cried the Skeewick SkeewickFiddlesticksi SkoewinkFiddlosti SkeowinkFiddlesticks
Fiddlosti Fiddlesticks < ks i exclaimed the boy n Nonsense NonsenseYou = onsenseYou I IYou
You dont get me away from all this sport EPortuntil until I Iam IlIm Iam
am sure hes coming and even then I wont hurry
trGo Go and nd play with the other boys said saidtheRam saidtheRambillieus the theRam theRambillicus Ram Rambillicus ¬
billicus while we e talk it all over and try try to de decide decide decidc ¬
cide what to doSo do doSo t tSo
So Denny hastened away and for fora a long time timeenjoyed timecnjo timecnjoyed
enjoyed cnjo ed himself as he had never done before with withgames withgames withgames
games which whichhe he had never heard of and toys toys1 He e had hadnever hadnever hadnever
never before seen but at last the two animals ani nnls called Balladhim calledhim lllledhim
him and he went to them te find them both with withTvoebegono withw08bcgono withwoebegone
woebegone faces facesWe facesWe facesWe
We arc completely at a i ss s V cried the Rambillicus Ram Rambillicus Ra Rahillicus ¬
billicus Skeewink usually so quick to invent a agame agame agame
game o or a new amusement now is really quite quitestupid quitestupid quitestupid
stupid with fear and I confess I am almost as bad badVellIli i iWellrii IVell
Wellrii Vell ru tell you ou what to do Let SkBcwink Skeewinkgo Skeewinkgoscooting go goscooting goscooting
scooting off in the direction I came from and see seewhat see seewhat seewhat
what he can discover for if the Goon isnt coming comingthis comingthi comingthis
this thi way we neednt be alarmed at all allThfets allThats 7 7Thkts
Thfets a good idea cried the Skeewink and andwithout andwithout andwithout
without another word v rd lie shot away awa with his striped stripedtail stripedtail stripedtail
tail aloft in the air air In a couple of hoarshe hours ho rs he re returned retltrnell returned ¬
turned to say sa that the Goon was W Is rapidly eating ting his hisway hisway hisway
way toward Barrettsburg and never would trouble troublethem troublethem troubletltem
them at all allBut nILB allBut
But B t now Denny began to worry for or he knewthat knewthatrich knew that thatrich thatrich
rich prosperous prosporousBarrettsburg Barrettsburg couldnt stand a visit visitfrom visitfrom visitfrom
from die Goon without disaster following folloiviti and nndat nndatlnst afc afclast atlast
last he told his friends that he must return home at atonce atonce atonce
once onceBut But what good can you do i asked the Skee Skeewink Skecwink Skeewink ¬
wink < You are but a mere boyi boy boyffE
ffE 1 dont knowthat I can do anything but I want wantto wantto wantto
to be near my father I wish ish I could get there to tonight tonight tonightl ¬
night nightlYou P PYou
You oucnn can if you follow the railroad which passes passesvery passesvery asses assesVCry
very near here said the Skeewink Then Thenhe he led ledDenny ledDenny ledDenny
Denny through a thick thi k wood that concealed the thePerennial thePcrennill thePerennial
Perennial Picnic Grounds from view and there therewas therewas therewas
was the railroad So Denny said goodby promised promisedto promisedto
to return and hastened away awayWhen awayWhezi awayWhen
When he arrived near town lie found hundreds hundredsof
of people along the road all weeping bitterly bi rly for foralready foralre3dy foralready
already the Goon had arrived at the great lake from frontwhich fromvhich fromwhich
which they got their city water and had haddfank drank up upevtory uptY upMiry
Miry tY drop 1 Children uerp war crYing crying already ahcn yjior Dior Diorwaterl jforf jforfwater r rwater
water waterl 1 Then lielieard he heard that it had devoured deo red allthe ell rthe the ther
r
coal and was now nbw eating up the lumber yards to tothe tothe tothe
the north of the townTheIl town townThen townThen
Then the Board of Aldermen came along and andPresident andPresident andPresident
President Mulock cried aloud in a yelso ya a full of ofagony ofagony ofagony
agony agonyA agonyA agonyA
A A thousand thousandycs yes yes five thousand dollars out t of ofmy ofmy ofmy
my own pocket in cash to the man who saves sav3fro us usfrom usfrom
from fro this awful mv ul peril perilDennys perilDennys I IDonnys
Dennys father who happened along just then thencaught thencaught thencaught
caught the bdy b y by the shoulder and sauoezed him himwith himwith himwith
with joy joyFaith jcyFaith jey jeyFaith
Faith if we had that ved never have to flaq flaqanother fiac fiacanother fiamanother
another train trainSuddenly i iSuddenly
I
Suddenly a great idea came into Dennys mind miadFather mindFather mindFather
Father said he in a whisper Father do you yousuppose yousuppose ranppose
suppose suppose ppose we could get a locomotive locomotivelSure 1 1Sure iSure
Sure thats easy enough I Theres seven of them themresting themresting thornresting
resting idle in the roundhouse But what do you youwant you youwith Souwant
want with a locomotive l Sure why not wish for forone forone forone
one of thorn autimobubblesGould autimobubbles autimobubblesGould autimobubbleSuGould
Gould you run a locomotive i asked Denny DennyCould DonnyCould DennyCould
Could I run a locomotive Wasnt I a fireman firemanon
on one one for or ten years and a good one too Sure I Ican Ican Ican
can canThen Then IThen I we are saved cried Denny Now follow followme f 9 llow llowme ow owme
me as fast as you can and we will get a locomo loaomotine locomotive looomotive ¬
tive F FIn i iIn 1
In a few minutes they werb were spinning down the theroad theroad theroad
road and soon the locomotive was hauling a long longtrain longtrain Iongtrain
train of oiltank cars off to the great empty lake lakefrom lakefrom lakefrom
from which the Goon had drank all the water waterThen waterThen waterThen
Then Denny and his father allowed all the oil to toflow toHow toflow
flow from the tanks until all were empty after afterwhich afterwhich afterwhich
which they went back for or more By night the lake lakewas lakewos lakewas
was almost halffull of clear kerosene keroseneoil oil and many manypeople many manypeople manypeople
people were standing along its banks wondering wonderingwhat wondoringwhat wonderingwhat
what it all meant but Denny even then was not notwilling notwilling notwilling
willing to tell what whathe he was going to do poBy doBy doBy
By nightfall half of Barrettsburgs wealtH had hadbeen hadbeen hadbeen
been eaten eato up and every drop of water was gone gonebut gonebut gonebut
but the Good was as thirsty as ever and rampaging rampagingaround rampagingaround rampagingaround
around in a dreadful manner after some liquid liq id re refreshment refreshment refreshment
freshment freshmentThen freshmentThen x xTheni
Theni Then when at last nst it turned its red eyes toward towardthe towardthe towardthe
the lake of oil it leaped for or joy and sprang toward towardit towardit
it making h i horrible gurgling sound soundIn fioundIn soundIn
In a few ew minutes it had swallowed every drop of ofthe ofthe oftheoil
the theoil oil and returned to devourthe devour the he contents of Col Colonel 001oncl Colones ¬
ones Potters oilcloth factory which was quite an anaccidental anaccidental anaccidental
accidental combination of course but very appro appropriate appropriate appropraate ¬
priate and suitable suitableIts suitablelIts suitableIts
Its great rounded sides seemed bursting burs ttng as it itstopped itstopped itstoPPed
stopped beside the factory actory gate and made goo goo geoeyes g gooeyes o ocyes
eyes into the windows In fact it itwJ1s was simply oozing oozingkerosene oozingkerosene oozingkerosene
kerosene oil as it walked and then came Dannys Dannysopportunity Donnysopportunity Dennysopportunity
opportunity opportunityHe
He slipped up beside its shining tail took out a amatch amatch amatch
match struck it on the scat of his trousers trouS rsand and then thenlaid thenlaid thenlaid
laid it against the Goons skin skinInstantly skinInstantly shinInstantly
Instantly an immense flame fl me shot up 1 In In3nct In3nctDenny fact factDenny t tDenny
Denny had scarce time to leap away and avoid av d be being baing being ¬
ing singed so quickly did the Goon burst into intofl flame flmoThe flameThe mo moThe
The whole animal was in a blaze at once onceThe onceThe onceThe
The enormous caterpillarlike monster squhmd squhmdand SU squi > med inedand medand
and roared but the fire roared roar d louder wheel 1Jt 1JtpeO the thepeople thepeople
people peO le cheered Denny and sang songs of joy until untilat
at last the great fire was burned away leaving nothing noth nothing nothing ¬
ing but black ashes to show that once an animacalled animal animalcalled anima animacaUed
called the Goon had existed existedIt c sted stedIt
It was morning by that time and all the thepeople thepeopleheaded people peopleheaded peopleheaded
headed by Alderman Unlock had formed a vast vastprocession vastprocessio vastprocession
procession and marched down to the bank ba whore whoreDenny whereDenny whoreDenny
Denny was paid the five thousand dollars amid amidtumultuous amidtumultuous amidtumultuous
tumultuous cheers that made his old f attar shed shedtears shedtears shedtears
tears of joy joySo joySo joySo
So thats how h w Barrettsburg was saved and how howDenny l1 howDenny w wDenny
Denny got s of the money money that took took him throush through col college 01 01lege ¬
lege and if I had time I could tell you many an anothariale an1C anlm F
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