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Once Upon A Time   By: (1864-1916)

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[Illustration: "Then, how did you suppose your sister was going to read it?"]

ONCE UPON A TIME

BY

RICHARD HARDING DAVIS

ILLUSTRATED

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS NEW YORK 1912

Copyright, 1910, by

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

TO

GOUVERNEUR MORRIS

CONTENTS

A Question of Latitude 1

The Spy 37

The Messengers 73

A Wasted Day 97

A Charmed Life 125

The Amateur 151

The Make Believe Man 193

Peace Manoeuvres 247

ILLUSTRATIONS

"Then, how did you suppose your sister was going to read it?" Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

Schnitzel was smiling to himself 52

"Schnitzel, you certainly are a magnificent liar" 58

"I think," said Ainsley, "they have lost their way" 90

"Was it you," demanded young Andrews, in a puzzled tone, "or your brother who tried to knife me?" 108

Mr. Thorndike stood irresolute, and then sank back into his chair 116

"Do I look as easy as that, or are you just naturally foolish?" 182

She was easily the prettiest and most striking looking woman in the room 188

A QUESTION OF LATITUDE

Of the school of earnest young writers at whom the word muckraker had been thrown in opprobrium, and by whom it had been caught up as a title of honor, Everett was among the younger and less conspicuous. But, if in his skirmishes with graft and corruption he had failed to correct the evils he attacked, from the contests he himself had always emerged with credit. His sincerity and his methods were above suspicion. No one had caught him in misstatement, or exaggeration. Even those whom he attacked, admitted he fought fair. For these reasons, the editors of magazines, with the fear of libel before their eyes, regarded him as a "safe" man, the public, feeling that the evils he exposed were due to its own indifference, with uncomfortable approval, and those he attacked, with impotent anger. Their anger was impotent because, in the case of Everett, the weapons used by their class in "striking back" were denied them. They could not say that for money he sold sensations, because it was known that a proud and wealthy parent supplied him with all the money he wanted. Nor in his private life could they find anything to offset his attacks upon the misconduct of others. Men had been sent to spy upon him, and women to lay traps. But the men reported that his evenings were spent at his club, and, from the women, those who sent them learned only that Everett "treats a lady just as though she is a lady."

Accordingly, when, with much trumpeting, he departed to investigate conditions in the Congo, there were some who rejoiced.

The standard of life to which Everett was accustomed was high. In his home in Boston it had been set for him by a father and mother who, though critics rather than workers in the world, had taught him to despise what was mean and ungenerous, to write the truth and abhor a compromise. At Harvard he had interested himself in municipal reform, and when later he moved to New York, he transferred his interest to the problems of that city. His attack upon Tammany Hall did not utterly destroy that organization, but at once brought him to the notice of the editors. By them he was invited to tilt his lance at evils in other parts of the United States, at "systems," trusts, convict camps, municipal misrule. His work had met with a measure of success that seemed to justify Lowell's Weekly in sending him further afield; and he now was on his way to tell the truth about the Congo. Personally, Everett was a healthy, clean minded enthusiast... Continue reading book >>




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