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Olympian Nights   By: (1862-1922)

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Transcriber's Note: Text that was printed in italics in the original document is shown between underscore characters and the oe ligature is shown as [oe].

[Illustration: BRANCH OFFICE OF MAMMON & CO.]

OLYMPIAN NIGHTS

by

JOHN KENDRICK BANGS

Author of "A House Boat on the Styx" "The Pursuit of the House Boat" "The Enchanted Type writer" Etc. Etc.

[Illustration]

New York and London Harper & Brothers Publishers

1902

HARPER & BROTHERS.

Published June, 1902.

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I. I REACH MOUNT OLYMPUS 1

II. I SEEK SHELTER AND FIND IT 17

III. THE ELEVATOR BOY 33

IV. I SUMMON A VALET 53

V. THE OLYMPIAN LINKS 70

VI. IN THE DINING ROOM 88

VII. ÆSCULAPIUS, M.D. 110

VIII. AT THE ZOO 131

IX. SOME ACCOUNT OF THE PALACE OF JUPITER 155

X. AN EXTRAORDINARY INTERVIEW 175

XI. A ROYAL OUTING 192

XII. I AM DISMISSED 212

ILLUSTRATIONS

BRANCH OFFICE OF MAMMON & CO. Frontispiece

HIPPOPOPOLIS EXPLAINS Facing p. 8

A DREAM OF BRIGANDAGE " 22

IN THE ELEVATOR " 30

"'THE GODDESS OF THE MOTHER IN LAW'" " 42

"ANYTHING COULD BE GOT FOR THE RINGING" " 60

"JUPITER HURLED A THUNDER BOLT AT HIM" " 64

THE OLYMPIAN LINKS " 84

CARING FOR THE CALVES " 104

"'THEN YOU MUST DIE'" " 112

I VISIT ÆSCULAPIUS " 118

CALLISTO " 140

I MEET THE PH[OE]NIX " 150

"'THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE UNIVERSE'" " 166

"THE DOOR WAS LOCKED" " 180

"'WHAT?' I CRIED. 'I THAT OLD MAN WE'" " 190

OLYMPIAN NIGHTS

I

I Reach Mount Olympus

While travelling through the classic realms of Greece some years ago, sincerely desirous of discovering the lurking place of a certain war which the newspapers of my own country were describing with some vividness, I chanced upon the base of the far famed Mount Olympus. Night was coming on apace and I was tired, having been led during the day upon a wild goose chase by my guide, who had assured me that he had definitely located the scene of hostilities between the Greeks and the Turks. He had promised that for a consideration I should witness a conflict between the contending armies which in its sanguinary aspects should surpass anything the world had yet known. Whether or not it so happened that the armies had been booked for a public exhibition elsewhere, unknown to the talented bandit who was acting as my courier, I am not aware, but, as the event transpired, the search was futile, and another day was wasted. Most annoying, too, was the fact that I dared not manifest the impatience which I naturally felt. I am not remarkable as a specimen of the strong man; quite the reverse indeed, for, while I am by no means a weakling, I am no adept in the fistic art. Hence, when my guide, Hippopopolis by name, as the sun sank behind the western hills, informed me that I was again to be disappointed, the fact that he stands six feet two in his stockings, when he wears them, and has a pleasing way of bending crowbars as a pastime, led me to conceal the irritation which I felt... Continue reading book >>




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