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Chapter NumberV.-(Continued.)
Chapter Title
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65793760
Full Date1888-02-11
Page Number23
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Word Count1415
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Newspaper TitleThe Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1875 - 1929)
Trove TitleFiddle-John's Family
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FIDDLE-JOHN'S FAMILY. [Br Hmt.wab Hjokth Boyeseit.] (From St. Sicholas. ) Chafxkb V.— (Continued.) Karen's knnckles were bo lame by this time that it vu agreed Amnbale should take his torn at the hand organ, and give AU a chance to distinguish himself at the tambourine. They had jast completed this arrangement, and wen strolling rather aimlessly psst Castle Garden toward the Coney Island pier, when they saw a dense crowd gathered at the en trance of the great immigration depot. Cario sity prompted them to discover the cause of the demonstration, and as everyone fell aside to make room for the bear, they had no diffi culty in reaching the open space in the centre of the throng. What was their horror when they suddenly found themselves confronted with a real bear —a huge black beast which was Ammpnp slowly npon his hind legs, and every now and then, with an angry yawn, showing a terrible array of teeth ! They wished themselves well ont of sight again, and strove with all their might to avoid attracting attention. Bat in stead of that, they Boon found themselves pushed right into the middle of the ring. And the moment the huge h***r spied out a com rade, down he dropped on .all fours and scampered toward fr'i seeming relative. WhereuDon with a wild scream which was

anything but bearlike, Truls rose up and rushed towards Alf, flinging M'wdf against his brother's bosom. The keeper of the big bear hit his charge with his whip, but the beast still strained wildly at his chau and gave forth f nrious growls. The people fled in all directions, and AU grabbed bis diagoiaed brother's loose chain, and ran m fast as the two could. Hie others followed, taut before they had overtaken him, he was stopped by a policeman* who inquired whether he t»*^ a license. The boy stared in abject terror at the officer of the law. ' PI — please, sir,' he stammered implor ingly in his native tongue, 'don't hurt my brother. He isn't a bear at all, if yon please, sir ; and — and — and — I am a harmless lad who — arrived from Norway the other day, and— and— I never did mortal thing any harm as long as I lived, sir !' ' Don't jabber yer dutch at me, ye young scalawag !' the policeman replied «mi*irig the boy by the arm and Busking him. '* Ef it is an honest loivelihood ye're after, why don't ye drap that poor, dumb crator* and enlist in the «trate-cUnin' department, or go into poli tics?' Alf was altogether too frightened to make any answer to these suggestions, of which, moreover, he anderstooanot a word. He only gazed with his large bine eyes at the pniiwm^ii, and moved his lips nervously, withoat being able to otter a sound. *' PI— please, sir,' be fettered, after several vain attempts to speak, 'please let me go.' And Trals, completely forgetting his disgnise, raised two hairy paws imploringly toward the officer and begged tearfully — ** Please, sir, do let my brother go !' The policeman's face underwent a sudden and startling change. His eyes nearly popped out of bos bead, his jaw dropped down on his chest, and the veins on his forehead swelled. ' Begarra !' he cried, in breathless amazement, 'the dumb orator* is a-talkin' Dutch!** He stopped for a minute, with his hands resting upon his knees, and stared with a per plexed expression at the supposed bear ; then the situation began to dawn npon him, and he burst out into a tremendous laugh. 41 Oh, it ia a foiue bear ye are, eormy t' he exclaimed, ceiling the boy-bear Ui_c*remoni oudv bv his arm. and erabbine hold of Alfe

collar with his disengaged hand. ' A smart young un ye are, be jabers t It is an alder man ye will be before ye doi — if ye only vote the roight ticket. Tis a shame, it is, ye don't talk a Christian language such as a gintjeman Pflji nnderatand.** He was moving up Greenwich-street, talk ing in the same humorous strain, half to him self and half to his prisoners, when his pro gress was suddenly arrested by a little girl who became unaccountably entangled with his feet. 'Mr. Policeman,' the child cried in the same unintelligible Norwegian tongue, gazing Xwitb a pale and excited face »t tbe tall ser, 'if you are going to arrest my brothers, I wish you would take me along, too. Tve been with them in all they did ; and— and — I dont want to be separated from them.' ' Why, who are you f* the officer growled, with a broad grin. ' Is it the bear ye are, did ye say, and lent yer akin to thia little chap? Ah, be jabers \ now I begin to take En yer capers. It is ft mighty mixed lot ye are, and up to no end of tricks. Bat jest ye wait till his Honor gets hold on ye, and he will know how to get every one of ye back into his roight skin.' This sinister allusion was lost, however, on the three culprits, and even if they had understood it, it would probably not have impressed them greatly. Their life had beeu so exciting since they left their quiet Norse valley, that they had almost ceased to be snr prised at anything that might happen to them. Alf and Karen plodded on wearily at tbe policeman's side, holding on to the tails of his coat, and showing no desire to part company with him ; and Truls, who was well nigh ex hausted by the labours and excitement of the day, waB only too glad to be able to rest his snaggy be&d against the officer occasionally, and to ding to the policman's arm with bis two hairy paws. The officer, somehow, seemed to enjoy the situation ; for he laughed and chuckled to himself, as if be were contem plating some JriighlFpl plan which promised ft great deal of 80109601601. He shook his dob good natnradly at tbe crowd which fol

lowed him, and pushed his way onward until he reached a large brick building, over the gate of which was earved, in big roman letters 'Police Precinct, No. ? .' Here be en tered with his prisoners, and after having made an entry in a book, consigned them to * large, bare, and dreary room, where a few on happy-looking people were reposing in various attitudes npoo tbe floor. The two Norse boys, who vaguely under stood that this was some kind of a prison, looked with horror upon the ragged and un tidy occupants of the room, and withdrew with their sister into the remotest corner they conld find, so as to escape observation. Here they held a consultation, glancing all the while fearfully about them, and lowering their voices to a whisper. *' Tiuls,' said Alf, raising his guileless eyes to those of his younger but braver hearted brother, ' what do you think will become of us ? do you think we shall have to stay long in thiB dreadful placer* *' Oh, no, you sillibob !' replied the ursine Truls, with well-feigned cheerfulness ; ' we will be let out before night ; and anyhow, I know what I am going to do. Yon remember that handsome American gentleman on board the steamboat, whom I wanted to fight because I thought he was making fun of *' Yes, £ remember,' said AU. ' Well, he gave me his card, which I gave you to keep in your pocket-book. There is an address on tbe card, and I shouldn't wonder if he was a great man whom every body is likely to know, and would help us.' ' Ob, Truls i' his brother exclaimed, in ad miration ; 'yon are always so bright and bo clever ! I have the card here ; and Til not, lose it. But don't yon think you'd better take off you bear-skin, so that the judge may see you aren't a bear, but a little boy ?' ' I have thought of that,' Truls rejoined earnestly ; ** trat the trouble ia I haven't any other outer clothes to pat on. So I shall hare to go into Court as I am, sad take my (TV) be etmUaaedA