Tom Banners' mother is an invalid. Their money gone, and no food in the house, Tom, who is about fourteen years old, starts out to find work. But he is rather small for his age, a delicate-looking little chap, and no one will have him. In despair he sinks down on a bench in the park to rest, his faithful dog, Mike, sitting ever watchful at his side. Suddenly he is conscious of a little girl standing before him, holding out a bag of candy. He helps himself shyly. The little girl looks at Mike admiringly, and Tom tells himself that she is the very prettiest and nicest little girl he has ever seen. But, at that moment, up rushes an irate personage in cap and apron who drags his new friend away. Tom is again in despair. He wanders round and round the park, and half an hour later finds himself in the duck pond. There he spies the little girl throwing biscuits to the ducklings. The next instant, her arms fly up and her feet slide from under her on the slippery bank. Splash. Mike pricks up ...
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