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A Song of a Single Note A Love Story   By: (1831-1919)

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A SONG OF A SINGLE NOTE

A Love Story

by

AMELIA E. BARR

Author of "The Bow of Orange Ribbon," "The Maid of Maiden Lane," etc.

[Illustration: Decoration]

New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1902

Copyright, 1902, By Dodd, Mead & Company.

First Edition published October, 1902.

The Burr Printing House, New York.

TO MY FRIEND,

DR. STEPHEN DECATUR HARRISON:

An American who loves his country "Right or Wrong," And who always believes she is "Right,"

THIS NOVEL IS WITH MUCH ESTEEM DEDICATED.

Contents

CHAPTER PAGE

I. RED OR BLUE RIBBONS . . . . . . . . 1

II. THE FAIR AND THE BRAVE . . . . . . . 21

III. LIFE IN THE CAPTIVE CITY . . . . . . . 50

IV. A SONG OF A SINGLE NOTE . . . . . . . 75

V. LOVE'S SWEET DREAM . . . . . . . . 103

VI. THE INTERCEPTED MESSAGE . . . . . . . 134

VII. THE PRICE OF HARRY'S LIFE . . . . . . 160

VIII. THE HELP OF JACOB COHEN . . . . . . . 185

IX. THE TURN OF THE TIDE . . . . . . . . 211

X. MARIA GOES TO LONDON . . . . . . . . 253

XI. THE QUESTION OF MARRIAGE . . . . . . . 283

XII. LOVE AND VICTORY . . . . . . . . . 306

List of Illustrations

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THE SONG OF A SINGLE NOTE Frontispiece .

MARIA LAY DRESSED UPON HER BED facing 100

THE DRUMMERS AND FIFERS IN FRONT DID NOT SEE HIM facing 208

HE CAUSED THE SMALL BOAT TO PUT HIM ON SHORE facing 320

PROLOGUE.

"Love, its flutes will still be stringing, Lovers still will sigh and kneel; Freedom sets her trumpets ringing To the clash of smiting steel." So I weave of love and glory, Homely toil, and martial show, Fair romance from the grand story Lived a century ago.

A Song of a Single Note

CHAPTER I.

RED OR BLUE RIBBONS.

It was the fourth year of the captivity of New York, and the beleaguered city, in spite of military pomp and display, could not hide the desolations incident to her warlike occupation. The beautiful trees and groves which once shaded her streets and adorned her suburbs had been cut down by the army sappers; her gardens and lawns upturned for entrenchments and indented by artillery wheels; and some of the best parts of the city blackened and mutilated by fire. Her churches had been turned into prisons and hospitals, and were centres of indescribable suffering and poisonous infection; while over the burnt district there had sprung up a town of tents inhabited by criminals and by miserable wretches whom starvation and despair had turned into highwaymen.

But these conditions were the work of man. Nature still lavished upon the captive city a glory of sunshine and blue skies, and winds, full of the freshness and sparkle of the great sea, blew through all her sickly streets. Wherever the gardens had not been destroyed, there was the scent of mays and laburnums, and the indescribable beauty of apple blossoms on the first day of their birth.

In front of one of these fortunate enclosures, belonging to a little house on Queen Street, an old gentleman was standing, looking wistfully in at a trellis of small red roses... Continue reading book >>




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