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A Rambler's lease   By: (1843-1912)

A Rambler's lease by Bradford Torrey

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Transcriber's Notes: Variations in spelling and hyphenation have been left as in the original. No typographical corrections have been made. Words in italics in the original are surrounded by underscores . Words in bold in the original are surrounded by =equal signs=.

Books by Mr. Torrey. BIRDS IN THE BUSH. 16mo, $1.25. A RAMBLER'S LEASE. 16mo, $1.25. HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO. BOSTON AND NEW YORK.

A RAMBLER'S LEASE

BY

BRADFORD TORREY

I have known many laboring men that have got good estates in this valley. BUNYAN

Sunbeams, shadows, butterflies, and birds. WORDSWORTH

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY The Riverside Press, Cambridge 1892

Copyright, 1889, BY BRADFORD TORREY.

All rights reserved.

The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U. S. A. Electrotyped and Printed by H. O. Houghton & Co.

PREFATORY NOTE.

The writer of this little book has found so much pleasure in other men's woods and fields that he has come to look upon himself as in some sort the owner of them. Their lawful possessors will not begrudge him this feeling, he believes, nor take it amiss if he assumes, even in this public way, to hold a rambler's lease of their property. Should it please them to do so, they may accept the papers herein contained as a kind of return, the best he knows how to offer, for the many favors, alike unproffered and unasked, which he has received at their hands. His private opinion is that the world belongs to those who enjoy it; and taking this view of the matter, he cannot help thinking that some of his more prosperous neighbors would do well, in legal phrase, to perfect their titles. He would gladly be of service to them in this regard.

CONTENTS.

PAGE MY REAL ESTATE 1

A WOODLAND INTIMATE 22

AN OLD ROAD 45

CONFESSIONS OF A BIRD'S NEST HUNTER 70

A GREEN MOUNTAIN CORN FIELD 99

BEHIND THE EYE 114

A NOVEMBER CHRONICLE 121

NEW ENGLAND WINTER 140

A MOUNTAIN SIDE RAMBLE 164

A PITCH PINE MEDITATION 182

ESOTERIC PERIPATETICISM 189

BUTTERFLY PSYCHOLOGY 206

BASHFUL DRUMMERS 214

A RAMBLER'S LEASE.

MY REAL ESTATE.

Yet some did think that he had little business here. WORDSWORTH.

Every autumn the town of W sends me a tax bill, a kindly remembrance for which I never fail of feeling grateful. It is pleasant to know that after all these years there still remains one man in the old town who cherishes my memory, though it be only "this publican." Besides, to speak frankly, there is a measure of satisfaction in being reminded now and then of my dignity as a landed proprietor. One may be never so rich in stocks and bonds, government consols and what not, but, acceptable as such "securities" are, they are after all not quite the same as a section of the solid globe itself... Continue reading book >>




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