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An American boy becomes A British Earl, By Frances Hodgson Burnett

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LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY.                                53
Sometimes, when the weather was very disagreeable and people were kept below decks in the saloon, a party of his grown-up friends would persuade him to tell them
some of these " asperiences " of Jerry's, and as he sat relating them with great delight and fervor, there was certainly no more popular voyager on any ocean steamer crossing the At­lantic than little Lord Faunt-leroy. He was always innocently and good-naturedly ready to do his small best to add to the gen­eral entertainment, and there was a charm in the very uncon­sciousness of his own childish importance.
"Jerry's stories int'rust them very much," he said to his mamma. "For my part — you must excuse me, Dearest — but sometimes I should have thought they could n't be all quite true, if they had n't hap­pened to Jerry himself; but as they all happened to Jerry
— well, it 's very strange, you know, and perhaps sometimes
he may forget and be a little mistaken, as he 's been scalped so often. Being scalped a great many times might make a person forgetful."
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