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John Henry Smith A Humorous Romance of Outdoor Life   By: (1859-1921)

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[Illustration: "... and I got it"]

John Henry Smith

A Humorous Romance of Outdoor Life


FREDERICK UPHAM ADAMS Author of "John Burt" and "The Kidnapped Millionaires"

Illustrated for Mr. Smith by A.B. FROST


NEW YORK Doubleday, Page & Company 1905

Copyright, 1905, by Doubleday, Page & Company Published June, 1905

All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages, including the Scandinavian.



John Henry Smith has requested me to revise and edit his diary, and, to use his own expression, "See if I can make some kind of a book from it." It was his idea that I should eliminate certain marked passages, and disguise others, so as to conceal the identity of the originals. Since Mr. Smith is abroad I can do as I please. Aside from renaming his characters, I have left them exactly as he has drawn them. This may lead him to do his own editing in the future.

I have also taken the liberty of reproducing some of the sketches made by Mr. Smith. In addition to literary, artistic, and athletic gifts Mr. Smith has had the rare good fortune to but I must not anticipate his story.


Hastings on Hudson, N.Y.



I. Miss Harding is Coming 3

II. Mainly about Smith 21

III. Mr. Harding Wins a Bet 29

IV. Bishop's Hired Man 44

V. The Eagle's Nest 54

VI. I Play with Miss Harding 65

VII. Two Boys from Buckfield 77

VIII. Downfall of Mr. Harding 91

IX. Mr. Smith Gets Busy 102

X. The Two Gladiators 115

XI. The Barn Dance 136

XII. The St. Andrews Swing 154

XIII. Our New Professional 176

XIV. Myself and I 188

XV. The Auto and the Bull 199

XVI. Miss Harding Owns Up 219

XVII. The Passing of Percy 235

XVIII. Mr. Harding's Struggle 253

XIX. The Tornado 258

XX. Fat Ewes and Sharp Knives 281

XXI. I am Entirely Satisfied 300

XXII. I am Utterly Miserable 303

XXIII. A Few Closing Confessions 317


JOHN HENRY SMITH, who tells the story. Heir of his father, lives in Woodvale club house, devoted to golf, becomes interested in Wall Street, and falls in love with Grace Harding

GRACE HARDING, only daughter of Robert L. Harding, visitor in Woodvale

ROBERT L. HARDING, millionaire railway magnate, who first despises golf and then becomes infatuated with it

MRS. HARDING, the matter of fact wife of the above

JIM BISHOP, farmer near Woodvale, who knew Harding when the two were boys in Buckfield, Maine

WILLIAM WALLACE, Bishop's hired man, later golf professional in Woodvale, and later something else

OLIVE LAWRENCE, pupil to William Wallace

PERCY LAHUME, in love with Miss Lawrence

JAMES CARTER, wealthy member of Woodvale, who knows how to keep a secret

MISS DANGERFIELD, who makes a collection of golf balls

MISS ROSS, who is very pretty

MR. and MRS. CHILVERS, and MR. and MRS. MARSHALL, estimable young people, who enter into this narrative

BOYD, LAWSON, DUFF, BELL, MONAHAN, ETC., members in good standing in the Woodvale Golf and Country Club


"... and I got it" Frontispiece

"How do I look?" Title Page


"... and threw it in the pond" 9

"Fore there! hay there!!" 15

"It makes an ideal hazard" 25

"... but there was blood in his eye" 37

"Fore" 49

"There is no law to compel a man to play golf" 57

"We rested on top of the hill" 73

"Did it hit you?" 87

"... Continue reading book >>

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