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In Our Town   By: (1868-1944)

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In Our Town

BY WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE

The Court of Boyville, The Real Issue, Stratagems and Spoils

Illustrations by F. R. Gruger and W. Glackens

NEW YORK McCLURE, PHILLIPS & CO. MCMVI

Copyright 1906 by McCLURE, PHILLIPS & CO.

Published April, 1906

Copyright 1904 by The Century Co. Copyright 1905 1906 by The Curtis Publishing Co.

[Illustration: He wore his collars so high that he had to order them from a drummer]

Contents

I. SCRIBES AND PHARISEES

II. THE YOUNG PRINCE

III. THE SOCIETY EDITOR

IV. "AS A BREATH INTO THE WIND"

V. THE COMING OF THE LEISURE CLASS

VI. THE BOLTON GIRL'S "POSITION"

VII. "BY THE ROD OF HIS WRATH"

VIII. "A BUNDLE OF MYRRH"

IX. OUR LOATHED BUT ESTEEMED CONTEMPORARY

X. A QUESTION OF CLIMATE

XI. THE CASTING OUT OF JIMMY MYERS

XII. "'A BABBLED OF GREEN FIELDS"

XIII. A PILGRIM IN THE WILDERNESS

XIV. THE PASSING OF PRISCILLA WINTHROP

XV. "AND YET A FOOL"

XVI. A KANSAS "CHILDE ROLAND"

XVII. THE TREMOLO STOP

XVIII. SOWN IN OUR WEAKNESS

XIX. "THIRTY"

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

He Wore his Collars so High that He Had to Order Them from a Drummer

Suppressing Nothing "On Account of the Respectability of the Parties Concerned"

As an Office Joke the Boys Used to Leave a Step Ladder by Her Desk so that She Could Climb Up and See How Her Top Knot Really Looked

And Brought with Him a Large Leisure and a Taste for Society

Sometimes He Thought It was a Report of a Fire and at Other Times It Seemed Like a Dress Goods Catalogue

As the Dinner Hour Grew Near She Raged So the Servants said Whenever the Telephone Rang

"Jim Purdy, Taken the Day He Left for the Army"

He Advertised the Fact that He was a Good Hater by Showing Callers at His Office His Barrel

He Likes to Sit in the Old Swayback Swivel Chair and Tell Us His Theory of the Increase in the Rainfall

And Camped in the Office for Two Days, Looking for Jimmy

Reverend Milligan Came in with a Church Notice

A Desert Scorpion, Outcast by Society and Proud of it

"He Made a Lot of Money and Blew it in"

Went About Town with His Cigar Pointing Toward his Hat Brim

The Traveling Men on the Veranda Craned Their Necks to Watch Her Out of Sight

Counting the Liars and Scoundrels and Double Dealers and Villains Who Pass

IN OUR TOWN

I

Scribes and Pharisees

Ours is a little town in that part of the country called the West by those who live east of the Alleghanies, and referred to lovingly as "back East" by those who dwell west of the Rockies. It is a country town where, as the song goes, "you know everybody and they all know you," and the country newspaper office is the social clearing house.

When a man has published a paper in a country community for many years, he knows his town and its people, their strength and their weakness, their joys and their sorrows, their failings and their prosperity or if he does not know these things, he is on the road to failure, for this knowledge must be the spirit of his paper. The country editor and his reporters sooner or later pass upon everything that interests their town.

In our little newspaper office we are all reporters, and we know many intimate things about our people that we do not print. We know, for instance, which wives will not let their husbands endorse other men's notes at the banks. We know about the row the Baptists are having to get rid of the bass singer in their choir, who has sung at funerals for thirty years, until it has reached a point where all good Baptists dread death on account of his lugubrious profundo. Perhaps we should take this tragedy to heart, but we know that the Methodists are having the same trouble with their soprano, who "flats" and has flatted for ten years, and is too proud to quit the choir "under fire" as she calls it; and we remember what a time the Congregationalists had getting rid of their tenor... Continue reading book >>




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