Living in squalor with his mother, "Kaintuck" goes out to earn a few pennies selling newspapers. Mag, his mother, who spends every cent she gets on drink, hastens along the street begging from everyone she meets. A man impatiently pushes her out of his way, causing her to fall back on the pavement and strike her head on the curb. She dies later at the police station. "Kaintuck," a manly little lad of ten, now lonely, not only bitter but sorrowful, starts away through the country as a tramp. A year later he comes to the Cross Roads store and there asks for work to pay for his meal. Hendricks, the kindly, white-haired proprietor, invites the boy to remain. But "Kaintuck" has the wanderer's fever and declines. He starts out again over the mountain roads. He has not gone far, however, when he turns back. He spends the winter with Hendricks, learning from him how to read and write. In the spring, after a long, cold winter, the man and the boy pass happy days together tramping through the ...
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