Andiron Tales

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER 111. Off in the Clouds the point to be decided," said the Lefthandiron, after he and his companions had been flying through space for some time, " is where we are going. There are two or three things we can do, and Tom can have his choice as to which it shall be." "Subject, of course, to my advice," said the Righthandiron, with a bow to Tom. "You can go where you please if I please. See?" " Yes," said Tom. " I see. I can have my wav as long as it is your way." "Precisely," said the Righthandiron, with an approving nod. "And as you may have heard, precisely means exactly so. You can have your way as long as it is my way, which shows how generous I am. Fond of my way as I am, I am willing to divide it with you." "All right," returned Tom. "I'm very much obliged. What are the two things we can do?" "Well," said the Lefthandiron, scratching his head softly, "we can fly up a little higher and sit down and watch the world go round; we can take the long jump, or we can visit Saturn." " What was the first?" asked Tom. "To fly up a little higher, where we can get a better view; tosit down there and watch the world go round. It is an excellent way to travel. It's awfully easy—in fact, it isn't you that travels at all. It's the world that does the traveling, while all you've got to do is to sit down there and keep an eye on it. It's like a big panorama, only it's real, and any time you see a place going by that you think you'd like to see more of, all you've got to do is to fly down there and see it." "When you get up higher and sit down," said Tom, "what do you sit on?" " You sit on me and I sit on my hind legs, of course," said Left- handiron. "Don't you know anything?" "Of course I do," said Tom, indignantly. "I know lots of things." "Then I ...
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