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Oldtown Fireside Stories

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A sequel to Oldtown Folks, featuring some of the same characters, these are 15 charming short stories told by ole' Sam Lawson to entertain Horace and Bill, two impressionable, curious and clever young boys of Oldtown (a fictional 1850's New England village), during evenings gathered around the hearth, or roaming with Sam around the countryside. Stowe faithfully and masterfully captures many of the colloquial expressions, superstitions, beliefs, customs and habits of the period that have almost completely faded from modern American culture, as well as conveying many truths about the human condition that haven't changed a bit. ~

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OLDTOWN FIRESIDE STORIES.

By Harriet Beecher Stowe.

BOSTON: JAMES R. OSGOOD & COMPANY

1872.

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871

By James R. Osgood & Co.

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

CONTENTS:

THE GHOST IN THE MILL

THE SULLIVAN LOOKING GLASS.

THE MINISTER'S HOUSEKEEPER.

THE WIDOW'S BANDBOX.

CAPTAIN KIDD'S MONEY.

"MIS' ELDERKIN'S PITCHER."

THE GHOST IN THE CAP'N BROWNHOUSE.

[Illustration: The Ghost in the Mill, page 001]

THE GHOST IN THE MILL

"Come, Sam, tell us a story," said I, as Harry and I crept to his knees, in the glow of the bright evening firelight; while Aunt Lois was busily rattling the tea things, and grandmamma, at the other end of the fireplace, was quietly setting the heel of a blue mixed yarn stocking.

In those days we had no magazines and daily papers, each reeling off a serial story. Once a week, "The Columbian Sentinel" came from Boston with its slender stock of news and editorial; but all the multiform devices pictorial, narrative, and poetical which keep the mind of the present generation ablaze with excitement, had not then even an existence... Continue reading book >>


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