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Not so fast, nephew,” said Uncle Peter. “Never 44 CH R IST OPHE R COLU M BUS There was Poleon holding the bridle of a small, black horse whose white feet were pawing the thick dust of the drive. rush into a friendship, even with an animal. ” “I didn’t think. I was just going to pat him,” Alec answered. “Give him some of these cane pieces,” Poleon said. Alec took the pieces Poleon gave him and held them out to the restless animal, who came forward so quickly that Alec backed up, stumbled, and fell.
Alexander,” said Mr. Knox. ” “I know it because my mother told me all about the Treaty of Paris,” Alec answered. As the crowd pushed about him, Alec kept on speaking. Alec loved to have people listen to him. Mr. Knox stood quietly by his side. The minister was surprised at Alec’s answers. “This is a wonderful boy,” he said to himself. ” The crowd increased. Men pushed close to listen. Alec pushed back his hair with his small brown hand and answered questions. Suddenly the crowd drew back. ” said a new voice.
His mind had been far away thinking. His left foot began to slip from the stirrup. He leaned far to the side and grabbed Christy about the neck. Old Poleon’s big horse pounding along behind frightened Christy even more. Suddenly, Alec realized that no one could help him but himself. For a minute he was terriﬁed. Then he pulled himself together. ” he said quietly. ” He pulled himself up a little at a time, pushed his foot back into the stirrup, and began to pull the reins to the right and then to the left.