Image from page 101 of "Andiron tales" (1906)
Title: Andiron tales
Authors: Bangs, John Kendrick, 1862-1922
Publisher: Philadelphia : Winston
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
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n than a good rub, and Iassure you you have placed me under an obligation to you. Prod him with the icicle, said the Kangaroo to the Polar Bear. I am not to be moved by tears, even if they are frozen andsharpened to a point, laughed the Hippopotamus, as the Polar Beardid as he was told, smashing the icicle without so much as dentingthe Hippos flesh. Well, if you wont jump, I will, said the Man from Saturnangrily. If Im hurt 111 take it out of your hide when we meet again. All right, retorted the Hippopotamus. Youll have to geta steam drill and blast it out. By-by. The man from Saturn jumped and landed head first in the snow,but whether he was hurt or not the party never knew, for their speedwas now so terrific that he had barely landed before they whizzedpast the bottom of the hill and up the other incline. It became clear,too, as they sped on that at such a fearful rate of progress nothingcould now keep the Osycle from going over the edge, and the othersbegan to lay plans for safety.
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(86) THE MAN FROM SATURN JUMPED. On the Oscycle—A Narrow Escape. 87 Im going to jump for a passing trolley cloud the minute weget to the edge, said the Kangaroo. I dont know what I shall do, sobbed the Polar Bear. If Iland on my feet Ill be all right, for theyre big and soft, like sofacushions, but if I land on my head— Thats softer yet, Poley, laughed the Flamingo, who appearedto be less concerned than anybody. If you land on your head itwill be just as if you fell into a great bowl of oatmeal, so youre allright. Im not afraid for myself, said the Poker. I can drop anydistance without serious injury, being made of iron, and my friends,the Andirons, are equally fortunate. The Bellows, too, is compara-tively safe. The worst that can happen to him is to have the windknocked out of him. But— Its Tom were bothered about, said the Righthandiron,with an anxious glance at Lefty. You see, we invited him to comeoff here with us, and— Who is he, anyhow? demanded the Flamingo, glancing a
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