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Hong, Edna Hatlestad, 1913- / Muskego boy
(1943)

Chapter 5: The water road to the west,   pp. [31]-38


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Mikkel, Per, and Karen stood on deck and gaped at all the ships packed 
into the New York harbor. Sailboats ! Why, a person couldn't count them!
There were scores of steamboats, too-those marvelous new ships that al- 
most flew across the water without using sails. 
By looking at the flags Mikkel and Per tried to guess from what country 
each ship had come. 
"There's the British Union Jack on that great steamboat," said
Per, "and 
the sailboat beside it has a Swedish flag." 
"There's a strange flag," cried Mikkel. "It's all speckled
with stars in one 
corner, and it has-let's see-one, two, three, four, five,-six white stripes
and seven red ones. I wonder what country has that flag?" 
"Don't you really know?" a voice behind them asked. 
"Oh, Herr Clausen," stammered Mikkel, snatching off his cap. 


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