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The Golden Road by Frank Waller Allen

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THE GOLDEN ROAD

There is night and day, brother, both sweet things; sun, moon, and stars, brother, all sweet things; there's likewise a wind on the heath.

GEORGE BORROW.

[Illustration:

" Good night, dear Jean François," said she with gaiety.

" May your dreams be of your beloved roads of Picardy." She threw him an elfish kiss from her finger tips and hastened into her airy improvised bedroom. ]

THE GOLDEN ROAD

by

FRANK WALLER ALLEN

Author of "Back to Arcady"

With Illustrations and Decorations by George Hood

[Illustration]

New York Wessels & Bissell Co. 1910

Copyright, 1910, by Wessels & Bissell Co.

October

Entered at Stationers' Hall

All rights reserved

Premier Press New York

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I THE HAPPY PEDLER COMES TO TOWN 3

II THE JADE AND THE INQUISITION 13

III JEAN FRANÇOIS' VAST POSSESSIONS 23

IV THE MISADVENTURE OF A CIRCUS 35

V TIMID CONQUEST COMES TO TOWN 48

VI THE JADE, A NONENTITY, BECOMES THE ILLUSTRIOUS NANCE 57

VII A PEDLER'S PACK OF DREAMS 68

VIII MONSIEUR L'ABBÉ PICOT OF THE BRAVE, OUTLANDISH HEART 74

IX THE CHILD IS FATHER TO THE MAN 86

X ON THE MORNING ROAD 97

XI THE SATISFACTORY EXPLANATION OF NANCE 107

XII A HEBE OF THE HIGHWAY 117

XIII THE NIGHT IN THE GREENWOOD 129

XIV VICARIOUS VAGABONDS 136

XV "IF I WERE MONSIEUR L'ABBÉ PICOT" 146

XVI HEBE'S FAREWELL TO PAN 155

XVII THE DAY OF FAITH 163

XVIII THE DAY OF DOUBT 171

XIX THE DAY OF LOST CONFIDENCE 176

XX MONSIEUR L'ABBÉ AT HOME 185

XXI "LITTLE ST. JACQUES OF THE STREET" 194

XXII MONSIEUR L'ABBÉ LIES ILL 201

XXIII "I WOULD TALK WITH SOME OLD LOVER'S GHOST, WHO LIVED BEFORE THE GOD OF LOVE WAS BORN" 210

XXIV THE PRIEST AND FAUN 216

XXV MONSIEUR L'ABBÉ PICOT GOES UPON A JOURNEY 222

ILLUSTRATIONS

She threw him an elfish kiss from her finger tips and hastened into her airy improvised bedroom. (Page 135.) Frontispiece

The Boy ceased his sobbing. After a while, looking up with a tearful, smiling face, he announced, as if to the Voice that had called him : " Now I must go to work. " Facing page 92

A solitary man, standing on the hilltop, turned slowly from mountain to valley, from sky to field, seeming to eat and think and breathe to make a part of him by some paganish transubstantiation the very day itself. Facing page 98

PART FIRST

"'T WAS PAN HIMSELF HAD WANDERED HERE, A STROLLING THROUGH THE SORDID CITY, AND PIPING TO THE CIVIC EAR THE PRELUDE OF SOME PASTORAL DITTY! THE DEMIGOD HAD CROSSED THE SEAS FROM HAUNTS OF SHEPHERD, NYMPH, AND SATYR, AND SYRACUSAN TIMES TO THESE FAR SHORES...."

Edmund Clarence Stedman.

THE GOLDEN ROAD

CHAPTER ONE

THE HAPPY PEDLER COMES TO TOWN

At the close of a glad day in early June, Nance and I stood watching a horse and van, driven by a stranger of captivating appearance, turn from the down river turnpike and halt on a grassy knoll overlooking the Ohio. The cart, which was a large two wheeled affair with little cupboard like boxes beneath, and a short pair of stairs for mounting stored on the top among a medley of old umbrellas, bore an adventurous, foreign aspect... Continue reading book >>




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