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[Illustration: "THE DEVIL SIT IN FILON'S EYES AND LAUGH LAUGH SOME TIME HE GO AWAY LIKE A MAN AT A WINDOW, BUT HE COME AGAIN. M'siu, he live there!" From a Painting by E. Almond Withrow.]

THE SPINNERS' BOOK OF FICTION

BY

GERTRUDE ATHERTON, MARY AUSTIN GERALDINE BONNER, MARY HALLECK FOOTE ELEANOR GATES, JAMES HOPPER, JACK LONDON BAILEY MILLARD, MIRIAM MICHELSON, W. C. MORROW FRANK NORRIS, HENRY MILNER RIDEOUT CHARLES WARREN STODDARD, ISOBEL STRONG RICHARD WALTON TULLY AND HERMAN WHITAKER

WITH A DEDICATORY POEM BY GEORGE STERLING

COLLECTED BY THE BOOK COMMITTEE OF THE SPINNERS' CLUB

ILLUSTRATED BY LILLIE V. O'RYAN, MAYNARD DIXON ALBERTINE RANDALL WHEELAN, MERLE JOHNSON E. ALMOND WITHROW AND GORDON ROSS INITIALS AND DECORATIONS BY SPENCER WRIGHT

PAUL ELDER AND COMPANY SAN FRANCISCO AND NEW YORK

Published in behalf of The Spinners' Benefit Fund Ina D. Coolbrith First Beneficiary Copyright , 1907 by PAUL ELDER AND COMPANY

TO INA D. COOLBRITH

WITH WILDER SIGHING IN THE PINE THE WIND WENT BY, AND SO I DREAMED; AND IN THAT DUSK OF SLEEP IT SEEMED A CITY BY THE SEA WAS MINE.

TO STATELIER SPRANG THE WALLS OF TYRE FROM SEAWARD CLIFF OR STABLE HILL; AND LIGHT AND MUSIC MET TO FILL THE SPLENDID COURTS OF HER DESIRE

(EXTOLLING CHORDS THAT CRIED HER PRAISE, AND GOLDEN REEDS WHOSE MELLOW MOAN WAS LIKE AN OCEAN'S UNDERTONE DYING AND LOST ON FOREST WAYS).

BUT SWEETER FAR THAN ANY SOUND THAT RANG OR RIPPLED IN HER HALLS, WAS ONE BEYOND HER EASTERN WALLS, BY SUMMER GARDENS GIRDLED ROUND.

TWAS FROM A NIGHTINGALE, AND OH! THE SONG IT SANG HATH NEVER WORD! SWEETER IT SEEMED THAN LOVE'S, FIRST HEARD, OR LUTES IN AIDENN MURMURING LOW.

FAINT, AS WHEN DROWSY WINDS AWAKE A SISTERHOOD OF FAERY BELLS, IT WON REPLY FROM HIDDEN DELLS, LOYAL TO ECHO FOR ITS SAKE....

I DREAMT I SLEPT, BUT CANNOT SAY HOW MANY DREAMLAND SEASONS FLED, NOR WHAT HORIZON OF THE DEAD GAVE BACK MY DREAM'S UNCERTAIN DAY.

BUT STILL BESIDE THE TOILING SEA I LAY, AND SAW FOR WALLS O'ERGROWN THE CITY THAT WAS MINE HAD KNOWN TIME'S SURE AND ANCIENT TREACHERY.

ABOVE HER RAMPARTS, BROAD AS TYRE'S, THE GRASSES' MOUNTING ARMY BROKE; THE SHADOW OF THE SPRAWLING OAK USURPT THE SPLENDOR OF HER FIRES.

BUT O'ER THE FALLEN MARBLES PALE I HEARD, LIKE ELFIN MELODIES BLOWN OVER FROM ENCHANTED SEAS, THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHTINGALE.

GEORGE STERLING.

THE STORIES

CONCHA ARGÜELLO, SISTER DOMINICA by Gertrude Atherton

THE FORD OF CRÈVECOEUR by Mary Austin

A CALIFORNIAN by Geraldine Bonner

GIDEON'S KNOCK by Mary Halleck Foote

A YELLOW MAN AND A WHITE by Eleanor Gates

THE JUDGMENT OF MAN by James Hopper

THE LEAGUE OF THE OLD MEN by Jack London

DOWN THE FLUME WITH THE SNEATH PIANO by Bailey Millard

THE CONTUMACY OF SARAH L. WALKER by Miriam Michelson

BREAKING THROUGH by W. C. Morrow

A LOST STORY by Frank Norris

HANTU by Henry Milner Rideout

MISS. JUNO by Charles Warren Stoddard

A LITTLE SAVAGE GENTLEMAN by Isobel Strong

LOVE AND ADVERTISING by Richard Walton Tully

THE TEWANA by Herman Whitaker

THE ILLUSTRATIONS

"The devil sit in Filon's eyes and laugh laugh some time he go away like a man at a window, but he come again. M'siu, he live there!" from a painting by E. Almond Withrow

"She was always very sweet, our Concha, but there never was a time when you could take a liberty with her... Continue reading book >>




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