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HOLIDAYS AT THE GRANGE, OR A WEEK'S DELIGHT.

Games and Stories for Parlor and Fireside.

by

EMILY MAYER HIGGINS.

[Illustration: Publisher's logo]

Philadelphia: Porter & Coates. Copyright, 1886, by Porter & Coates.

[Illustration: WYNDHAM GRANGE.]

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. PAGE The Gathering. Christmas Eve. "Consequences." "How do you like it?" 9

CHAPTER II.

Christmas Day. "Rhymes." "Cento." "Genteel Lady." The Fairy Wood. 21

CHAPTER III.

"The Rhyming Game." Orikama, or the White Water Lily; an Indian Tale. 62

CHAPTER IV.

"Proverbs." "Twenty Questions." The Spectre of Alcantra, or the Conde's Daughters; a Tale of Spain. 98

CHAPTER V.

A Skating Adventure. "What is my Thought like?" "Questions." The Orphan's Tale, or the Vicissitudes of Fortune. 140

CHAPTER VI.

Sunday. Bible Stories. "Capping Bible Verses." Bible Class. 181

CHAPTER VII.

Sequel to the Orphan's Tale. "Who can he be?" "Elements." The Astrologers. 206

CHAPTER VIII.

"Confidante." "Lead Merchant." "Trades." The Rose of Hesperus; a Fairy Tale. 246

CHAPTER IX.

New Year's Day. "Characters, or Who am I?" "Quotations." "Acting Charades." "Riddles." 281

CHAPTER X.

Whispering Gallery. Potentates. Three Young Men. 295

GAMES AND STORIES.

CHAPTER I.

THE GATHERING. CHRISTMAS EVE. CONSEQUENCES. HOW DO YOU LIKE IT?

Not many miles from Philadelphia, in a beautifully wooded and hilly country, may be seen a large rambling mansion, whose substantial walls show that it was built at a time when more attention was paid to the durability of dwellings than at present. It is, indeed, quite an ancient house for this part of the world, having been erected by a certain John Wyndham, a hundred years ago; and it has remained in the family ever since, the owner of it generally inheriting the name of John, a taste for rural life, and the old homestead together. It was constructed in good taste, and with great regard for comfort; the broad hall, the favorite resort in summer, was ornamented with family portraits of many ages back, and a complete suit of armor, visor and all, struck awe into the hearts of young visitors, who almost expected its former occupant to resume possession, with his gauntleted hand to draw the sword from its scabbard, and, seizing the flag over his head, to drive the modern usurpers from the house. Large antlers, bows and arrows, and rusty fowling pieces against the wall, intimated that the descendants of the grim warrior had exercised their valor in the chase; while a guitar with blue ribbon, in the corner, told that gentler days had come, and spoke of peace, domestic joys, and woman's influence.

Many were the bright sunshiny chambers in that cheerful home; but I will describe one apartment only, the sitting room, with which we are chiefly concerned. The furniture is quaint and massive; but it is the rich mellow light streaming through the room that principally attracts the eye. Is it the western sun, tinted by the colored glass of the bay window, or is it the ruddy hickory fire? What a remarkable chimney place! few such can be seen now a days; they had gone out of date a hundred years ago; but it was ancient John Wyndham's fancy, as far as possible, to possess a fac simile of the family mansion in England, in which his childish days had been spent... Continue reading book >>




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