Part IV: The New Mantle
The two adults sat quietly looking at the boy, almost speechless. The story they had heard fascinated them into silence.
At length Carlton O'Leary spoke up. "These nails which I have carried around with me for decades, as if they had no value, have turned out to be the most important nails of any carpenter in history. If the world knew their value they would be priceless."
"Indeed they would be, Mr. O'Leary," softly answered Joseph. "Indeed they would be."
The old collector again gazed at the boy and his father. "For now, do nothing with the mantle-piece. I want to think about what I should do with these nails. Please go into town and get other supplies to fasten it in place."
An hour later the father and son returned with the necessary materials to install the shelf above the fireplace. O'Leary was sitting quietly in his favorite chair watching as the waves rippled across the lake. In the distance some clouds shrouded the peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. All around the lake a dense forest of trees stood guard.
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