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A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties   By: (1856-1913)

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A FOREST HEARTH

[Illustration: Publishers symbol]

[Illustration: "HE PRODUCED A SMALL GOLD WATCH WITH THE WORD 'RITA' ENGRAVED UPON THE CASE."]

A Forest Hearth

A ROMANCE OF INDIANA IN THE THIRTIES

BY

CHARLES MAJOR

AUTHOR OF "DOROTHY VERNON OF HADDON HALL," "THE BEARS OF BLUE RIVER," "WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER," ETC.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY CLYDE O. DELAND

New York

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD.

1903

All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT, 1903,

BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

Set up, electrotyped, and published October, 1903.

Norwood Press

J. S. Cushing & Co. Berwick & Smith Co.

Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

PAGE

I. ON THE HEART OF THE HEARTH 11

II. THE BACHELOR HEART 27

III. THE SYCAMORE DIVAN 45

IV. THE DEBUTANTE 61

V. UNDER THE ELM CANOPY 87

VI. THE FIGHT BY THE RIVER SIDE 107

VII. THE TRIAL 133

VIII. A CHRISTMAS HEARTH LOG 153

IX. DIC LENDS MONEY GRATIS 179

X. THE TOURNAMENT 203

XI. A KISS AND A DUEL 225

XII. THE LOVE POWDER 259

XIII. THE DIMPLER 281

XIV. WISE MISS TOUSY 303

XV. THE CHRISTMAS GIFT 329

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"He produced a small gold watch with the word 'Rita' engraved upon the case" Frontispiece

"She changed it many times" 31

"She flung at the worthy shepherd the opprobrious words, 'You fool'" 81

"'I've come to get my kiss,' said Doug" 121

"Covering her face with her hands, she began to weep" 191

"'Kill him, Dic; kill him as you would a wolf'" 255

"Miss Tousy softly kissed her and said, ... 'There, don't cry, sweet one'" 315

"'Here,' replied the girl" 349

ON THE HEART OF THE HEARTH

A Forest Hearth

CHAPTER I

ON THE HEART OF THE HEARTH

A strenuous sense of justice is the most disturbing of all virtues, and those persons in whom it predominates are usually as disagreeable as they are good. Any one who assumes the high plane of "justice to all, and confusion to sinners," may easily gain a reputation for goodness simply by doing nothing bad. Look wise and heavenward, frown severely but regretfully upon others' faults, and the world will whisper, "Ah, how good he is!" And you will be good as the sinless, prickly pear. If the virtues of omission constitute saintship, and from a study of the calendar one might so conclude, seek your corona by the way of justice. For myself, I would rather be a layman with a few active virtues and a small sin or two, than a sternly just saint without a fault. Breed virtue in others by giving them something to forgive. Conceive, if you can, the unutterable horror of life in this world without a few blessed human faults. He who sins not at all, cannot easily find reason to forgive; and to forgive those who trespass against us, is one of the sweetest benedictions of life. I have known many persons who built their moral structure upon the single rock of justice; but they all bred wretchedness among those who loved them, and made life harder because they did not die young... Continue reading book >>




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