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DRi and I Irving Bacheller

DRi and I

Irving Bacheller

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ISBN : 9781495390326
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102 pages
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A poet may be a good companion, but, so far as I know, he is ever the worst of fathers. Even as grandfather he is too near, for one poet can lay a streak of poverty over three generations. Doubt not I know whereof I speak, dear reader, for myMoreA poet may be a good companion, but, so far as I know, he is ever the worst of fathers. Even as grandfather he is too near, for one poet can lay a streak of poverty over three generations. Doubt not I know whereof I speak, dear reader, for my mothers father was a poet-a French poet, too, whose lines had crossed the Atlantic long before that summer of 1770 when he came to Montreal. He died there, leaving only debts and those who had great need of a better legacy-my mother and grandmother. As to my father, he had none of that fatal folly in him. He was a mountaineer of Vermont-a man of steely sinews that took well to the grip of a sword. He cut his way to fame in the Northern army when the British came first to give us battle, and a bloody way it was. I have now a faded letter from Ethan Allen, grim old warrior, in which he calls my father the best swordsman that ever straddled a horse. He was a gallous chap in his youth, so said my grandmother, with a great love of good clothes and gunpowder.