The Jack-Knife Man

Ellis Parker BUTLER (1869 - 1937)


A lighthearted tale which revolves around old Peter Lane, who lives in a houseboat on the Mississippi River and mostly whiles away his time whittling with his jack-knife and not really doing much else. That is, until one night, a sickly woman knocks at his boat door holding her son in her arms. This encounter would change Peter's life, as the old man befriends little Buddy and is determined to keep him and raise him as his own, provided he is able to keep a host of others from laying claim to the orphan.

(Note - While the online text for this book appears that there is no chapter 7, no chapters have been omitted from this recording.) - Summary by Roger Melin

Genre(s): Published 1900 onward

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Jack-Knife Man Roger Melin
00:26:09
Play 02 Peter's Guests Roger Melin
00:10:53
Play 03 Peter Lodges Out Roger Melin
00:20:39
Play 04 The Scarlet Woman Roger Melin
00:28:51
Play 05 Buddy Steers the Boat Roger Melin
00:28:40
Play 06 'Booge' Roger Melin
00:28:30
Play 07 Rivals Roger Melin
00:19:18
Play 08 Peter Gives Warning Roger Melin
00:10:35
Play 09 A Violent Incident Roger Melin
00:11:51
Play 10 Peter Hears News Roger Melin
00:17:15
Play 11 The Return of 'Old Kazoozer' Roger Melin
00:09:13
Play 12 Aunt Jane Roger Melin
00:31:30
Play 13 A Ray of Hope Roger Melin
00:14:07
Play 14 An Encounter Roger Melin
00:19:07
Play 15 Jail Uncles Roger Melin
00:15:06
Play 16 Funny Cats Roger Melin
00:16:53
Play 17 More Funny Cats Roger Melin
00:19:42
Play 18 Peter Goes to Town Roger Melin
00:09:56
Play 19 Peter Gets His Clock Roger Melin
00:08:12