Louise de la Ramee
Because a boy loved a grand old stove, he did a brave thing that caused his dream to come true. Louise de la Ramee, a famous English story-teller, tells us about the boy, and about the stove that had a name.
August lived in a little town in Europe called Hall. It is on a wide river which has green meadows and great mountains all about it. It has paved streets and charming little shops and a grand old church. Then there is the Tower, looking down on a long wooden bridge, and the broad, rapid river.
August’s mother was dead, his father was poor, and there were many mouths at home to feed. He had been sent on a long errand one afternoon and had been delayed. He was half-frozen, but he kept up his courage by saying over and over again to himself, “I shall soon be at home with dear Hirschvogel.” He went on through the streets and at twilight reached his father’s house.