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[Illustration: "The Count then opened the door and overcome with emotion he fell at the feet of the Countess." From "Royal Palace to Lowly Hut" ]

SUNSHINE AND SHADOW SERIES

AFTER LONG YEARS

AND

OTHER STORIES

TRANSLATIONS FROM THE GERMAN BY

SOPHIE A. MILLER

AND

AGNES M. DUNNE

NOTE

These ethical stories have been translated from the German with the view of instilling into the minds of youthful readers such truths as will help materially toward building a character that will withstand the trials and temptations of life.

It is conceded by educators that ethics presented in the lecture form fails of its purpose; therefore the writers have presented this subject in the form most appealing to children the story.

CONTENTS

I. AFTER LONG YEARS

Chapter

I. The Journey

II. Apprenticeship

III. Alfred Banford

IV. The Stranger

II. THE CAPTIVE

Chapter

I. Home Coming

II. The Slave

III. In the Turkish Family

IV. The Lion

V. The Offer

VI. The Plans

VII. Restored to Freedom

III. THE ARTIST'S MASTERPIECE

Chapter

I. The Gift

II. Under the Emperor's Bush

III. No Prophet in His Own Country

IV. The Condition

V. The Fulfilment

IV. THE VINEYARD ON THE HILLSIDE

Chapter

I. Missing

II. The Faithful Dog

III. The Fond Foster Parents

IV. The Errand

V. The Old Man

VI. The Legacy

VII. The Journey

V. THE DAMAGED PICTURE

Chapter

I. The Artist

II. The Picture

III. The Discovery

VI. MEMORIES AWAKENED

Chapter

I. The Change of Circumstances

II. The Revelation

VII. THE INHERITANCE

Chapter

I. Mr. Acton and his Son

II. The Uninvited Guest

III. The Flowering Plant

IV. The Two Families

V. The Feast

VIII. HOW IT HAPPENED

Chapter

I. The Wooded Island

II. Far From Home

III. The Smoke

IX. FROM ROYAL PALACE TO LOWLY HUT

Chapter

I. The Suburbs

II. The Retreat

III. The Prison

IV. The Purchase

V. Reunited

X. THE UGLY TRINKET

Chapter

I. The Opened Door

II. The Test

III. Reverses

AFTER LONG YEARS

CHAPTERS.

I. THE JOURNEY.

II. APPRENTICESHIP.

III. ALFRED BANFORD.

IV. THE STRANGER.

[Illustration: "He halted, offered his assistance to the two half frozen men, helped them into the sleigh and hurried on with them."]

AFTER LONG YEARS

CHAPTER I

THE JOURNEY

The Duchess of Banford and her two children were driving toward their villa, when, owing to the roughness of the road, the front wheel of their coach was suddenly broken. Considerably frightened, mother and children quickly alighted. The approaching darkness, coupled with the loneliness of the place, added to the difficulty; for the prospect of spending the night in the woods was particularly distressing.

Just then a stable boy chanced along and seeing the predicament, said: "Oh, that wheel can be easily mended. Not far from here there lives a wheelwright, and I am sure he can repair it in a very short time." The boy then looked about him, and seeing a long pole, said: "We can use this to support the wagon as it drags along. The road is rugged, and it will take us about an hour to get there."

"Is there no shorter route?" inquired the Duchess.

"This is the only wagon road; but if you wish, I will lead you along a shorter path across the fields which will cut the distance in half."

The Duchess thanked him, and asked: "Do you think that we may take this pole? It seems to me as though some wood cutter had left it here to prop a tree."

"Oh, yes," he answered, "it belongs to the wheelwright to whom I am taking you. All the wood around here belongs to him, and he will be glad to have this pole so handy." So saying, he hurried to get the pole and helped the coachman fasten it in place. The horses then drew the carriage slowly over the rocky road, while the coachman walked alongside... Continue reading book >>




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