Bennie Ben Cree by Arthur Colton Page 1 of 68

IN MEMORIAM
Dedicated
TO MY MOTHER


CONTENTS
BENNIE BEN CREE
CHAPTER I.-BENSON AND CREE-THE COMMODORE INN, FORE AND AFT; AND A POINT STATED BY MY UNCLE BENSON.
CHAPTER II.-LACRIMAe RERUM-THE THREE MEN IN THE PUBLIC.
CHAPTER III.-DOWN THE COAST-CAVARLY'S PLAN.
CHAPTER IV.-I TALK WITH CALHOUN AND THE "OCTARARA" GOES EAST AND WEST.
CHAPTER V.-TOMMY TODD'S.
CHAPTER VI.-THE DISMAL CANAL.
CHAPTER VII.-WE COME TO A RIVER CALLED ELIZABETH, AND TO ANOTHER CALLED JAMES-CONCLUSION.


BENNIE BEN CREE

CHAPTER I.
-BENSON AND CREE-THE COMMODORE INN, FORE AND AFT; AND A POINT STATED BY MY UNCLE BENSON.

If anyone would understand how Ben Cree comes to be what he is for better or worse, he should know first the Commodore Inn and what it meant in those days to have the great wharves for a playground.

And I cannot conceive to this day how one can amuse oneself, or be satisfied with any neat door-yard or inland village street, unless one is born a girl with a starched pinafore, which I should think would be a pity.

First, then, you should picture the Commodore Inn; its red bricks streaked with the rain and the beat of damp winds; its high veranda, with the paint coming off the white pillars, and the worn stone steps leading underneath.



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