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9 > Page 9 of Adrift in the wilds, or, The adventures of two shipwrecked boys / by Edward S. Ellis.

HO, FOR C.4ALFORA-A. 9 And so Tim O'Rooney, a good-natured, trustworthy Irishman, who had been in the employ of Mr. Lawrence for eight years, almost ever since his arrival in America, was sent to New York to accompany the boys on their visit home. Howard and Elwood were standing one afternoon on the corner of Montague Street, in Brooklyn, chatting with each other about their expected trip to California. They had closed their school studies a week before, and boy-like were now anxious to be off upon their journey. Suddenly an Irishman came in sight, smoking furiously at a short black pipe. The first glance showed them that it was no other than Tim O'Rooney, the expected messenger. "Isn't that good" exclaimed Elwood, "the steamer sails oil Saturday, and we'll go in it. Here he comes, as though he was in a great hurry!" " Don't say anything, and see whether he will know us!" "Why shouldn't he" " You know we've grown a good deal since he was here, and the beard is getting so stiff on my chin that it scratches my hand every time I touch it." "Yes; that mustache, too, is making you look as fierce as a Bluebeard; but here he is!" At this instant Tim O'Rooney came opposite them. He merely glanced up, puffed harder than ever aad was passing on, when both burst out in a loud laugh. "Be the powers! what's the mather with ye spal- peens" he angrily demanded. "Can't a dacent man be 9