Hong, Edna Hatlestad, 1913- / Muskego boy
Chapter 4: Two months on a sailboat, pp. -30
But they did push and shove! It was almost noon before meek little Mor could get into the smoky, grimy cooking shanty, and even then she was pushed out long before the porridge was done. A big mountain of a woman who had already had breakfast took Mor's kettle off the fire and put her own coffee pot on to boil for lunch! As for lunch, all Mor's family had was rye rusks and dried beef. Mor simply couldn't get near the cooking shanty to make any hot soup. It wasn't until late afternoon that Far decided Mikkel was big enough to take care of himself on the ship. It wasn't until then Mikkel had a chance to talk to the boy with the red cap who looked to be his own age. He found him on deck watching the sailors cast out the anchor. "Good-day," Mikkel said politely. "Good-day." "It looks as if we have stopped sailing," said Mikkel. "No wind," said the boy. "Maybe we won't ever get to America," said Mikkel after a long silence. "Pytt," said the boy. "I'll swim." "Oho! You can't do that! Nobody can swim to America!"
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