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Darrel of the Blessed Isles   By: (1859-1950)

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DARREL OF THE BLESSED ISLES

BY

IRVING BACHELLER

AUTHOR OF

EBEN HOLDEN D'RI AND I CANDLE LIGHT, Etc.

ILLUSTRATED BY ARTHUR I. KELLER

1903

To the Memory of my Father

PREFACE

The author has tried to give some history of that uphill road, traversing the rough back country, through which men of power came once into the main highways, dusty, timid, foot sore, and curiously old fashioned. Now is the up grade eased by scholarships; young men labour with the football instead of the buck saw, and wear high collars, and travel on a Pullman car, and dally with slang and cigarettes in the smoking room. Altogether it is a new Republic, and only those unborn shall know if it be greater.

The man of learning and odd character and humble life was quite familiar once, and not only in Hillsborough. Often he was born out of time, loving ideals of history and too severe with realities around him. In Darrel it is sought to portray a force held in fetters and covered with obscurity, yet strong to make its way and widely felt. His troubles granted, one may easily concede his character, and his troubles are, mainly, no fanciful invention. There is good warrant for them in the court record of a certain case, together with the inference of a great lawyer who lived a time in its odd mystery. The author, it should be added, has given success to a life that ended in failure. He cares not if that success be unusual should any one be moved to think it within his reach.

A man of rugged virtues and good fame once said: "The forces that have made me? Well, first my mother, second my poverty, third Felix Holt. That masterful son of George Eliot became an ideal of my youth, and unconsciously I began to live his life."

It is well that the boy in the book was nobler than any who lived in Treby Magna.

As to "the men of the dark," they have long afflicted a man living and well known to the author of this tale, who now commits it to the world hoping only that these poor children of his brain may deserve kindness if not approval.

NEW YORK CITY, March, 1903.

CONTENTS

PRELUDE

CHAPTER I. The Story of the Little Red Sleigh II. The Crystal City and the Traveller III. The Clock Tinker IV. The Uphill Road V. At the Sign o' the Dial VI. A Certain Rich Man VII. Darrel of the Blessed Isles VIII. Dust of Diamonds in the Hour glass IX. Drove and Drovers X. An Odd Meeting XI. The Old Rag Doll XII. The Santa Claus of Cedar Hill XIII. A Christmas Adventure XIV. A Day at the Linley Schoolhouse XV. The Tinker at Linley School XVI. A Rustic Museum XVII. An Event in the Rustic Museum XVIII. A Day of Difficulties XIX. Amusement and Learning XX. At the Theatre of the Woods XXI. Robin's Inn XXII. Comedies of Field and Dooryard XXIII. A New Problem XXIV. Beginning the Book of Trouble XXV. The Spider Snares XXVI. The Coming of the Cars XXVII. The Rare and Costly Cup XXVIII. Darrel at Robin's Inn XXIX. Again the Uphill Road XXX. Evidence XXXI. A Man Greater than his Trouble XXXII. The Return of Thurst Tilly XXXIII. The White Guard XXXIV. More Evidence XXXV. At the Sign of the Golden Spool XXXVI. The Law's Approval XXXVII. The Return of Santa Claus

DARREL OF THE BLESSED ISLES

Prelude

Yonder up in the hills are men and women, white haired, who love to tell of that time when the woods came to the door step and God's cattle fed on the growing corn. Where, long ago, they sowed their youth and strength, they see their sons reaping, but now, bent with age, they have ceased to gather save in the far fields of memory. Every day they go down the long, well trodden path and come back with hearts full. They are as children plucking the meadows of June. Sit with them awhile, and they will gather for you the unfading flowers of joy and love good sir! the world is full of them... Continue reading book >>




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