A CHILHOWEE LILY
By Charles Egbert Craddock
Tall, delicate, and stately, with all the finished symmetry and distinction that might appertain to a cultivated plant, yet sharing that fragility of texture and peculiar suggestion of evanescence characteristic of the unheeded weed as it flowers, the Chilhowee lily caught his eye. Albeit long familiar, the bloom was now invested with a special significance and the sight of it brought him to a sudden pause.
The cluster grew in a niche on the rocky verge of a precipice beetling over the windings of the rugged pr...
SMAN; and SAFTI'S SUMMER DAY.
By Robert Hichens
Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers
" When the African is in love he plays upon the pipe. "
Far away in the desert I heard the sound of a flute, pure sound in the pure air, delicate, sometimes almost comic with the comicality of a child who bends women to kisses and to nonsense words. We had passed through the sandstorm, Safti and I, over the wastes of saltpetre, and come into a land of palm gardens where there was almost breathless calm. The feet of the cam...
EATIN' CROW, AND THE BEST MAN IN GAROTTE.
By Frank Harris
The evening on which Charley Muirhead made his first appearance at
Doolan's was a memorable one; the camp was in wonderful spirits. Whitman
was said to have struck it rich. Garotte, therefore, might yet become
popular in the larger world, and its evil reputation be removed.
Besides, what Whitman had done any one might do, for by common consent
he was a "derned fool." Good humour accordingly reigned at Doolan's,
and the saloon was filled with an excited, hopeful crowd. Bill Bent,
OFFICER AND MAN
From "The Tapu Of Banderah and Other Stories"
By Louis Becke
C. Arthur Pearson Ltd.
The anchor of her Majesty's ship Hannibal was underfoot and the
captain on the bridge, and Rear Admiral Garnet had shaken hands with
the last of the "leading" Fijian white residents, who always did the
welcoming and farewelling when distinguished persons visited Levuka,
when Lieutenant Bollard approached him and intimated that "a person"
from the shore had just come alongside in a boat and desired to see "his
Excellency on private and important b...
By Edwin Lefevre
From "Wall Street Stories." Copyright, 1901, by McClure, Phillips & Co.
Glmartin was still laughing professionally at the prospective buyer's funny story when the telephone on his desk buzzed. He said: "Excuse me for a minute, old man," to the customer Hopkins, the Connecticut manufacturer.
"Hello; who is this?" he spoke into the transmitter. "Oh, how are you? Yes I was out Is that so? Too bad Too bad Yes; just my luck to be out. I might have known it! Do you think so? Well, then, sell the 200 Occidental common You k...
By F. Hopkinson Smith
Ezekiel Todd, her dry, tight fisted, lean father, had named her, bawling it out so loud that the more suitable, certainly the more euphonious, "Evangeline," proffered in a timid whisper by her faded and somewhat romantic mother, was completely smothered.
"I baptize thee, Evang " began the minister, when Ezekiel's voice rose clear:
"Abijah, I tell ye, Parson A b i j a h Abijah!" And Abijah it was.
The women were furious.
"Jes' like Zeke Todd. He's too ornery to live. I come mighty near speakin' right out, and...
By Kate Douglas Wiggin
These three stories are now brought together under one cover because
they have not quite outworn their welcome; but in their first estate
two of them appeared as gift books, with decorative borders and wide
margins, a style not compatible with the stringent economies of
the present moment. Luckily they belong together by reason of their
background, which is an imaginary village, any village you choose,
within the confines, or on the borders of York County, in the State of
In the first tale ...
DE L'ACAD'EMIE FRANCAISE
LE BONHEUR A CINQ SOUS
CALMANN L'EVY, 'EDITEURS
A JEAN LOUIS VAUDOYER
De votre observatoire d'artillerie, mon cher ami, vous m'avez, à plusieurs reprises, affirmé que le journal qui vous apportait ces contes était pour vous et pour certains de vos camarades une cause de détente heureuse. D'autres lettres, recues du front et de combattants que je n'avais pas l'honneur de conna^itre, ont contribué avec les v^otres à me laisser croire que notre vieille besogne littéraire, ingrate à ...
STORIES BY ENGLISH AUTHORS
A FAITHFUL RETAINER James Payn BIANCA W. E. Norris GONERIL A. Mary F. Robinson THE BRIGAND'S BRIDE Laurence Oliphant MRS. GENERAL TALBOYS Anthony Trollope
A FAITHFUL RETAINER, By James Payn
When I lived in the country, which was a long time ago, our nearest neighbours were the Luscombes. They were very great personages in the country indeed, and the family were greatly "respected"; though not, so far as I could discern, for any par...
THE PSYCHICAL RESEARCHER'S TALE THE SCEPTICAL POLTERGEIST
From "The New Decameron" Volume III.
By J. D. Beresford
There was once a time (he began) when I decided that I was a fraud; that
I could not be a psychical researcher any longer. I determined to give
it all up, to investigate no more phenomena nor attend another séance,
nor read a word about psychical research for the remainder of my life.
On the contrary, I planned an intensive study of the works of the later
Victorians, of that blissful period in the history of Europe when
we could believe in ...