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

Chapter 10: Rains, fevers and new graves,   pp. [73]-79


Page 79

Mikkel stood in a corner and listened while Pastor Cla 
Bestemor's Bible and prayed. He knelt on the floor beside 
Martha while Bestemor received the sacrament. 
"There is just one thing more," whispered Bestemor. "Yo 
Mikkel, Karen, and Kristi so they won't forget God?" 
Martha Clausen took her two hands in her own. "I will 
self," she said. 
"And I am starting a confirmation class soon," said Past( 
"And will there be a church?" 
"This very month we organized the congregation. We ar 
of building the church." 
"It must be on the hill-on the Indian mound-where 
whispered Bestemor, her eyes dosing like a tired child's. 
"You are very tired. We must go now," said Pastor Claus 
"First-sing-the-hymn-you-you wrote, Fru," whisl 
Mikkel wondered if Bestemor knew what she was say 
Clausen did not write songs! Or had she, perhaps? 
"I wrote this when we left Denmark for our new home,' 
sen, "but it can be a farewell song for one who is going 
home, too." 


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