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Old Ebenezer   By: (1852-1939)

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OLD EBENEZER.

OPIE READ'S SELECT WORKS

Old Ebenezer The Jucklins My Young Master A Kentucky Colonel On the Suwanee River A Tennessee Judge

Works of Strange Power and Fascination

Uniformly bound in extra cloth, gold tops, ornamental covers, uncut edges, six volumes in a box,

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[Illustration: couple sitting under tree]

Opie Read's Select Works

OLD EBENEEZER

by

OPIE READ

Author of "My Young Master," "The Jucklins," "On the Suwanee River," "A Kentucky Colonel," "A Tennessee Judge," "The Colossus," "Emmett Bonlore," "Len Gansett," "The Tear in the Cup and Other Stories," "The Wives of the Prophet."

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Chicago Laird & Lee, Publishers

Copyrighted 1897, by Wm. H. Lee. (All Rights Reserved.)

CONTENTS

Chapter Page

1. Sam Lyman 7

2. The Noted Advocate 14

3. The Timely Oracle 21

4. A Fog Between Them 38

5. The Belle of the Town 49

6. Humbled Into the Dust 55

7. The Wedding Breakfast 63

8. Suppressing the News 70

9. At Church 83

10. The Old Fellow Laughed 91

11. In the Lantern Light 100

12. Wanted to Dream 112

13. In a Magazine 122

14. Nothing Remarkable in It 132

15. Must Leave the Town 143

16. Sawyer's Plan 155

17. At the Creek 164

18. At the Wagon Maker's Shop 174

19. A Restless Night 181

20. Afraid in the Dark 191

21. With Old Jasper 197

22. The "Boosy" 207

23. After an Anxious Night 222

24. At Mt. Zion 235

25. At Nancy's Home 249

26. Out in the Dark 262

27. The Revenge 270

28. A Gentleman Mule Buyer 278

29. Gone Away 294

30. The Home 306

31. There Came a Check 316

32. Laughed at His Weakness 326

33. The Petition 338

OLD EBENEZER.

CHAPTER I.

SAM LYMAN.

In more than one of the sleepy neighborhoods that lay about the drowsy town of Old Ebenezer, Sam Lyman had lolled and dreamed. He had come out of the keen air of Vermont, and for a time he was looked upon as a marvel of energy, but the soft atmosphere of a southwestern state soothed the Yankee worry out of his walk, and made him content to sit in the shade, to wait for the other man to come; and, as the other man was doing the same thing, rude hurry was not a feature of any business transaction. Of course the smoothing of Lyman's Yankee ruffles had taken some time. He had served as cross tie purchaser for a new railway, had kept books and split slabs for kindling wood at a saw mill; then, as an assistant to the proprietor of a cross roads store, he had counted eggs and bargained for chickens, with a smile for a gingham miss and a word of religious philosophy for the dame in home spun. But he was now less active, and already he had begun to long for easier employment; so he "took up" school at forty dollars a month. In the Ebenezer country, the school teacher is regarded as a supremely wise and hopelessly lazy mortal. He is expected to know all of earth, as the preacher is believed to know all of heaven, and when he has once been installed into this position, a disposition to get out of it is branded as a sacrilege. He has taken the pedagogic veil and must wear it. But Lyman was not satisfied with the respect given to this calling; he longed for something else, not of a more active nature, it is true, but something that might embrace a broader swing... Continue reading book >>




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