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Image from page 288 of "St. Nicholas [serial]" (1873)

Identifier: stnicholasserial81dodg

Title: St. Nicholas [serial]

Year: 1873 (1870s)

Authors: Dodge, Mary Mapes, 1830-1905

Subjects: Children's literature

Publisher: [New York : Scribner & Co.]

Contributing Library: Information and Library Science Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Digitizing Sponsor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

 

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fromthe open sea beyond. Without a breeze the singlesail could only hang idly about the short mast, andthe men were obliged to put out their oars and l88i.] THE GIANT SQUID. 267 row. They pulled along in silence for some time,quite unmindful of the beautiful things surround-ing them on all sides, for they had but a singleobject in view, and were only thinking of the num-ber of fish they might catch, and the money itwould bring them. Thus many minutes passed,and the boat had gone perhaps a mile, when sud-denly one of the fishermen espied a queer-lookingrounded body floating on the water right ahead. us go and see, for we may have found a prize thatwill pay us more than all our fishing for many amonth to come. So away they went, one working at the oars, theother standing in the bow, with gaff in hand. Ina moment more they were close beside it, when,to their intense surprise, they saw that it wasneither a wreck nor a bale of goods, nor aughtthey had ever seen or heard of before. It was a

 

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THE FISHERMEN BATTLE WITH THE GIANT SQUID. What can that be ? he cried out, jumping tohis feet and pointing toward the spot. Perhaps a wreck, replied his companion, whoalso had turned around, and was gazing intentlytoward the unlooked-for object— a ship cap-sized in the last heavy storm, and now riding withher keel uppermost; or may be it is a bale of goods,washed in from the big steamer that went ashoreon the outer rocks three days ago. At any rate, let huge, soft, pinkish body, two or three times as longas their boat, and it evidently belonged to some sortof animal; but it lay so quiet and motionless onthe surface that they were sure it must be dead,and were, therefore, not afraid to touch it. Muchbetter would it have been for them had theyrefrained from the rash act which followed. But no. Down came the light gaff with a rapidsweep, its sharp hook piercing deeply into the 268 THE GIANT SQUID. [February, pulpy mass. The deed was done; it was too latenow for repentance or retreat.

 

 

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