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A Knight of the Nineteenth Century   By: (1838-1888)

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THE WORKS OF E. P. ROE

VOLUME THREE

A KNIGHT OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

[Illustration: "WOULD HE NEVER LOOK UP?" Knight XIX Century Frontispiece ]

THIS BOOK IS REVERENTLY DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF MY HONORED FATHER

PREFACE

He best deserves a knightly crest, Who slays the evils that infest His soul within. If victor here, He soon will find a wider sphere. The world is cold to him who pleads; The world bows low to knightly deeds.

CORNWALL ON THE HUDSON, N.Y.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I BAD TRAINING FOR A KNIGHT

CHAPTER II BOTH APOLOGIZE

CHAPTER III CHAINED TO AN ICEBERG

CHAPTER IV IMMATURE

CHAPTER V PASSION'S CLAMOR

CHAPTER VI "GLOOMY GRANDEUR"

CHAPTER VII BIRDS OF PREY

CHAPTER VIII THEIR VICTIM

CHAPTER IX PAT AND THE PRESS

CHAPTER X RETURNING CONSCIOUSNESS

CHAPTER XI HALDANE IS ARRESTED

CHAPTER XII A MEMORABLE MEETING

CHAPTER XIII OUR KNIGHT IN JAIL

CHAPTER XIV MR. ARNOT'S SYSTEM WORKS BADLY

CHAPTER XV HALDANE'S RESOLVE

CHAPTER XVI THE IMPULSES OF WOUNDED PRIDE

CHAPTER XVII AT ODDS WITH THE WORLD

CHAPTER XVIII THE WORLD'S VERDICT OUR KNIGHT A CRIMINAL

CHAPTER XIX THE WORLD'S BEST OFFER A PRISON

CHAPTER XX MAIDEN AND WOOD SAWYER

CHAPTER XXI MAGNANIMOUS MR. SHRUMPF

CHAPTER XXII A MAN WHO HATED HIMSELF

CHAPTER XXIII MR. GROWTHER BECOMES GIGANTIC

CHAPTER XXIV HOW PUBLIC OPINION IS OFTEN MADE

CHAPTER XXV A PAPER PONIARD

CHAPTER XXVI A SORRY KNIGHT

CHAPTER XXVII GOD SENT HIS ANGEL

CHAPTER XXVIII FACING THE CONSEQUENCES

CHAPTER XXIX HOW EVIL ISOLATES

CHAPTER XXX IDEAL KNIGHTHOOD

CHAPTER XXXI THE LOW STARTING POINT

CHAPTER XXXII A SACRED REFRIGERATOR

CHAPTER XXXIII A DOUBTFUL BATTLE IN PROSPECT

CHAPTER XXXIV A FOOT HOLD

CHAPTER XXXV THAT SERMON WAS A BOMB SHELL

CHAPTER XXXVI MR. GROWTHER FEEDS AN ANCIENT GRUDGE

CHAPTER XXXVII HOPING FOR A MIRACLE

CHAPTER XXXVIII THE MIRACLE TAKES PLACE

CHAPTER XXXIX VOTARIES OF THE WORLD

CHAPTER XL HUMAN NATURE

CHAPTER XLI MRS. ARNOT'S CREED

CHAPTER XLII THE LEVER THAT MOVES THE WORLD

CHAPTER XLIII MR. GROWTHER "STUMPED"

CHAPTER XLIV GROWTH

CHAPTER XLV LAURA ROMEYN

CHAPTER XLVI MISJUDGED

CHAPTER XLVII LAURA CHOOSES HER KNIGHT

CHAPTER XLVIII MRS. ARNOT'S KNIGHT

CHAPTER XLIX A KNIGHTLY DEED

CHAPTER L "O DREADED DEATH!"

CHAPTER LI "O PRICELESS LIFE!"

CHAPTER LII A MAN VERSUS A CONNOISSEUR

CHAPTER LIII EXIT OF LAURA'S FIRST KNIGHT

CHAPTER LIV ANOTHER KNIGHT APPEARS

A KNIGHT OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

CHAPTER I

BAD TRAINING FOR A KNIGHT

Egbert Haldane had an enemy who loved him very dearly, and he sincerely returned her affection, as he was in duty bound, since she was his mother. If, inspired by hate and malice, Mrs. Haldane had brooded over but one question at the cradle of her child, How can I most surely destroy this boy? she could scarcely have set about the task more skilfully and successfully.

But so far from having any such malign and unnatural intention, Mrs. Haldane idolized her son. To make the paradox more striking, she was actually seeking to give him a Christian training and character. As he leaned against her knee Bible tales were told him, not merely for the sake of the marvellous interest which they ever have for children, but in the hope, also, that the moral they carry with them might remain as germinating seed. At an early age the mother had commenced taking him to church, and often gave him an admonitory nudge as his restless eyes wandered from the venerable face in the pulpit. In brief, the apparent influences of his early life were similar to those existing in multitudes of Christian homes. On general principles, it might be hoped that the boy's future would be all that his friends could desire; nor did he himself in early youth promise so badly to superficial observers; and the son of the wealthy Mrs. Haldane was, on the part of the world, more the object of envy than of censure. But a close observer, who judged of characteristic tendencies and their results by the light of experience, might justly fear that the mother had unwittingly done her child irreparable wrong... Continue reading book >>




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