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The Land of Long Ago   By: (1856-1935)

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. This e book contains dialect.

THE LAND OF LONG AGO

[Illustration: "'HERE'S A PICTURE O' HENRIETTA'S HOUSE, CHILD.'" FRONTISPIECE, See Page 119 .]

The Land of Long Ago

By Eliza Calvert Hall

Author of "Aunt Jane of Kentucky"

Illustrated by G. Patrick Nelson & Beulah Strong

Boston Little, Brown, & Company 1909

Copyright, 1907, 1908, 1909 , BY COSMOPOLITAN PUBLISHING COMPANY.

Copyright, 1909 , BY LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

All rights reserved

Published, September, 1909

Printers S.J. PARKHILL & CO., BOSTON, U.S.A.

TO My Children, MARGERY, ALEXANDER, THOMAS, AND CECILIA, I DEDICATE THIS BOOK

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CHAPTERS

PAGE

I. A RIDE TO TOWN 1

II. THE HOUSE THAT WAS A WEDDING FEE 37

III. THE COURTSHIP OF MISS AMARYLLIS 75

IV. AUNT JANE GOES A VISITING 109

V. THE MARRIAGE PROBLEM IN GOSHEN 143

VI. AN EYE FOR AN EYE 171

VII. THE REFORMATION OF SAM AMOS 207

VIII. IN WAR TIME 235

IX. THE WATCH MEETING 271

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ILLUSTRATIONS

"'HERE'S A PICTURE O' HENRIETTA'S HOUSE, CHILD'" FRONTISPIECE

"I KNOW THE DELICATE DIFFERENCES AND RESEMBLANCES BETWEEN THE ODORS OF INDIVIDUAL ROSES" Page 14

MISS PENELOPE AND MISS AMARYLLIS " 80

"'ONE MORNING SHE CONCLUDED SHE'D STRAIGHTEN OUT HENRY'S TRUNK'" " 148

"IT WAS THE TIME OF THE BLOOMING OF THE WISTARIA" " 173

"'THE GLASS BROKE INTO A HUNDRED PIECES'" " 229

"'DAVID! JONATHAN! MY BOYS! WHERE ARE YOU?'" " 257

"REVERENTLY SHE LAID THE HEAVY CALF BOUND VOLUME ACROSS HER KNEES" " 290

PROLOGUE

We are so near to those who dwell In the dear land whereof I tell! Sometimes when we are far astray, Their spirit hands may guide our way; And if we would but pause to hear, What whispered words of tender cheer Might come on those fine airs that blow From the strange Land of Long Ago!

The scenes are changed, but we and they Are actors in the same old play. Their blood is in our throbbing veins; Their hopes and joys, their griefs and pains, Bind us fore'er to squire or churl, To stately dame or laughing girl, Those shades that wander to and fro In the dim Land of Long Ago.

Then let the present hour go by. Turn back awhile, and you and I Through quiet garden paths may stray Where blooms the rose of yesterday, May meet brave men and women fair Who sang life's song to simple air; Mark how their homely virtues glow! O pleasant Land of Long Ago!

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A RIDE TO TOWN

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A RIDE TO TOWN

"Make haste, child," called Aunt Jane; "there's mighty little time between dinner and sundown, and if we're goin' to town we'd better be startin'... Continue reading book >>




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