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The Making of an American   By: (1849-1914)

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[Illustration: Jacob A. Riis]

THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN

BY JACOB A. RIIS

AUTHOR OF "HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES," "A TEN YEARS' WAR," "OUT OF MULBERRY STREET," ETC.

WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS

To LAMMET

TO THE READER

The papers which form this autobiography were originally published in The Outlook , the chapter telling of my going "home to mother" in The Churchman , and parts of one or two others in The Century Magazine . To those who have been asking if they are made up stories, let me say here that they are not. And I am mighty glad they are not. I would not have missed being in it all for anything.

J. A. R.

RICHMOND HILL, N.Y., October, 1901.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I THE MEETING ON THE LONG BRIDGE

CHAPTER II I LAND IN NEW YORK AND TAKE A HAND IN THE GAME

CHAPTER III I GO TO WAR AT LAST, AND SOW THE SEED OF FUTURE CAMPAIGNS

CHAPTER IV WORKING AND WANDERING

CHAPTER V I GO INTO BUSINESS, HEADLONG

CHAPTER VI IN WHICH I BECOME AN EDITOR AND RECEIVE MY FlRST LOVE LETTER

CHAPTER VII ELIZABETH TELLS HER STORY

CHAPTER VIII EARLY MARRIED LIFE; I BECOME AN ADVERTISING BUREAU; ON THE "TRIBUNE"

CHAPTER IX LIFE IN MULBERRY STREET

CHAPTER X MY DOG IS AVENGED

CHAPTER XI THE BEND IS LAID BY THE HEELS

CHAPTER XII I BECOME AN AUTHOR AND RESUME MY INTERRUPTED CAREER AS A LECTURER

CHAPTER XIII ROOSEVELT COMES MULBERRY STREET'S GOLDEN AGE

CHAPTER XIV I TRY TO GO TO THE WAR FOR THE THIRD AND LAST TlME

CHAPTER XV WHEN I WENT HOME TO MOTHER

CHAPTER XVI THE AMERICAN MADE

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Jacob A. Riis

Our Stork

The Meeting on the Long Bridge

Ribe, from the Castle Hill

The View the Stork got of the Old Town

The Domkirke

Within the Domkirke

Mother

The Deserted Quay

Downstream, where Ships sailed once

A Cobblestone paved Alley

Father

My Childhood's Home

Down by her Garden, on the River Nibs

The Picture her Mother gave me

Brady's Bend as I knew it

"I found the valley deserted and dead"

"The dead were much better company"

Lunching at Delmonico's

The Fight on the Police Station Steps

"There I set my traps"

Our Old Pastor

When I worked in the Buffalo Ship yard

"One end of the town was burning while I was canvassing the other"

"I went to hear Horace Greeley address an open air meeting"

"The wide world seemed suddenly a cold and far off place"

"Hard Times"

Brother Simmons ( the Rev. Ichabod Simmons )

The Letter

Elizabeth's Mother

Elizabeth's Home "The Castle"

Elizabeth as I found her again

"I was face to face with my father"

Bringing the "Loved up" Flowers

"Out into the open country, into the wide world, our life's journey had begun"

Mulberry Street

Tribune Police Bureau

"In which lay dying a French nobleman of proud and ancient name"

Our Office my Partner, Mr. Ensign, at the Desk, I in the Corner

"About that interview, now," he drawled

"The carriage went on"

"The General said never a word"

Dr. Roger S. Tracy

General Ely Parker ( Chief of the Six Nations )

The Lodging room at the Leonard Street Police Station

The Church Street Station Lodging room, in which I was robbed

The Yellow Newspapers' Contribution

The Mulberry Bend as it was

"The tenants bolted through the windows"

Lodgers at Five Cents a Spot

Bandits' Roost a Mulberry Bend Alley

Bottle Alley, Mulberry Bend. Headquarters of the Whyo Gang

The Mulberry Bend as it is

My Little Ones gathering Daisies for "the Poors"

Mr. Lowell's Letter

The Boys' "Playground" in an Old time School

Typical East Side Tenement Block ( five hundred babies in it, not one bath tub )

President Theodore Roosevelt, of the Police Board

"One was sitting asleep on a butter tub"

Chief of Police Thomas Byrnes

The Mott Street Barracks

Gotham Court

A Tenement House Air shaft

The School of the New Day

The Way to prevent the Manufacture of "Toughs"

Ribe, in my Childhood ( seen from Elisabeths Garden )

At Home in the Old Town ( the last time we were all together )

"The 'gossip benches' are filled"

The Extinct Chimney sweep

The Ancient Bellwoman

The Village Express

Holy Andrew's Cross

Sir Asker Ryg's Church at Fjennesloevlille

"Horse meat to day!"

The Cross of Dannebrog

After Twenty five Years

King Christian as I saw him last

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