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The Water goats and other troubles
by Ellis Parker Butler
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1910. Illustrations by Harrison Cady, Gustavus C. Widney and Irma Deremeaux. Butler, the author of more than 30 books and more than 2,000 stories and essays, is most famous for his short story Pigs is Pigs in which a bureaucratic stationmaster insists on levying the livestock rate for a shipment of two pet guinea pigs that soon start proliferating geometrically. This volume contains: The Water Goats; Mr. Billings's Pockets; and Our First Burglar. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
When I had left the poor woman with her no-longer-starving baby I hurriedly glanced into a store window, and by the clock there saw it was twenty minutes of one and that I had exactly time to catch the one o'clock train, which is the last train that runs to Westcote. I glanced up and down the street, but not a car was in sight, and I knew I could not afford to wait long if I wished to catch that train.
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