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Neighbors Life Stories of the Other Half   By: (1849-1914)

Neighbors Life Stories of the Other Half by Jacob A. Riis

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NEIGHBORS

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY NEW YORK · BOSTON · CHICAGO · DALLAS ATLANTA · SAN FRANCISCO

MACMILLAN & CO., LIMITED LONDON · BOMBAY · CALCUTTA MELBOURNE

THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD. TORONTO

[Illustration: "LITTLE LOUISA'S FINGERS WERE NIMBLER THAN HER MOTHER'S. SHE WAS ONLY EIGHT, BUT SHE SOON LEARNED TO TIE A PLUME."]

NEIGHBORS

Life Stories of the Other Half

by

JACOB A. RIIS

Author of "How the Other Half Lives," "The Making of an American," "Children of the Tenements," "Hero Tales of the Far North," Etc.

New York The Macmillan Company 1914 All rights reserved

Copyright, 1914, By the Macmillan Company.

Set up and electrotyped. Published October, 1914. Reprinted December, 1914.

Norwood Press J. S. Cushing Co. Berwick & Smith Co. Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

PREFACE

These stories have come to me from many sources some from my own experience, others from settlement workers, still others from the records of organized charity, that are never dry, as some think, but alive with vital human interest and with the faithful striving to help the brother so that it counts. They have this in common, that they are true. For good reasons, names and places are changed, but they all happened as told here. I could not have invented them had I tried; I should not have tried if I could. For it is as pictures from the life in which they and we, you and I, are partners, that I wish them to make their appeal to the neighbor who lives but around the corner and does not know it.

JACOB A. RIIS.

CONTENTS

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THE ANSWER OF LUDLOW STREET 1

KIN 11

THE WARS OF THE RILEYS 16

LIFE'S BEST GIFT 31

DRIVEN FROM HOME 42

THE PROBLEM OF THE WIDOW SALVINI 48

PETER 63

KATE'S CHOICE 70

THE MOTHER'S HEAVEN 82

WHERE HE FOUND HIS NEIGHBOR 86

WHAT THE SNOWFLAKE TOLD 101

THE CITY'S HEART 108

CHIPS FROM THE MAELSTROM 122

HEARTSEASE 139

HIS CHRISTMAS GIFT 147

OUR ROOF GARDEN AMONG THE TENEMENTS 157

THE SNOW BABIES' CHRISTMAS 168

AS TOLD BY THE RABBI 198

THE STRAND FROM ABOVE 205

ILLUSTRATIONS

"Little Louisa's fingers were nimbler than her mother's. She was only eight, but she soon learned to tie a plume" Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

"He tied his feet together with the prayer shawl, and looked once upon the rising sun" 9

"There he stood, indifferent, bored if anything, shiftless" 64

"If Kate sees it, she steals up behind her, and, putting two affectionate arms around her neck, whispers in her ear, 'I love oo, Grannie'" 80

"When we had set up a Christmas tree together, to the wild delight of the children" 95

"Please, your Honor, let this man go! It is Christmas" 153

NEIGHBORS

THE ANSWER OF LUDLOW STREET

"You get the money, or out you go! I ain't in the business for me health," and the bang of the door and the angry clatter of the landlord's boots on the stairs, as he went down, bore witness that he meant what he said... Continue reading book >>




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