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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ... THE LOST LETTER. 33 CHAPTER III. The lost Letter--Return of Cedrio--Saxon "Wolf-hunting--Poetry of the Britons and Saxons--The heathen Danes and their old Sea-kings--End of Winter. Bertha aroused herself as her father entered the hall: for the Saxon maiden lived in stormy times, and had seen human misery in so many of its direst forms, that she had long before come to the conclusion, it was no use meeting trouble half way, but far better to rush up and confront it at first, and by so doing know the worst, whatsoever that might be. Having once made up her mind, she as suddenly executed what she had resolved upon. So, without " beating about the bush," to use a figurative old adage, she let loose the bird at once, by exclaiming, "Do not be angry, father, I could not help it; but the king's letter is lost beyond all recovery." "The king's letter lost!" exclaimed the earl, standing as suddenly still as if his further movements had been arrested by a D bolt from a cross-bow. "Lost! how, where, when?" "I let it fall," she answered, "and before I could pick it up, Wolf ate it. The poor hound knew no better--and I am sure he was very hungry. It was all my fault." "Where is the dog?" inquired the fiery earl, seizing, as he spoke, a sharp strong-shafted boar-spear. "Do not injure the poor hound, father," said Bertha, placing her little white hand on her father's brawny arm; "it was all through me. I have been in the habit of throwing food on the floor for Wolf; and he, no doubt, mistook it for the same. I would rather you beat me than the poor faithful dog." "Beat you, Bertha!" he said, dropping the boar-spear with a loud clang on the hall-floor, and kicking the brands together with his foot; "the saints forbid it! yet I know not what mischief you...
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