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Sundry Accounts   By: (1876-1944)

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SUNDRY ACCOUNTS

BY IRVIN S. COBB

FICTION

SUNDRY ACCOUNTS J. POINDEXTER, COLORED BACK HOME FROM PLACE TO PLACE OLD JUDGE PRIEST LOCAL COLOR THOSE TIMES AND THESE THE ESCAPE OF MR. TRIMM

WIT AND HUMOR

ONE THIRD OFF A PLEA FOR OLD CAP COLLIER THE ABANDONED FARMERS THE LIFE OF THE PARTY EATING IN TWO OR THREE LANGUAGES "OH, WELL, YOU KNOW HOW WOMEN ARE!" FIBBLE D. D. "SPEAKING OF OPERATIONS " EUROPE REVISED ROUGHING IT DE LUXE COBB'S BILL OF FARE COBB'S ANATOMY

MISCELLANY

THE THUNDERS OF SILENCE THE GLORY OF THE COMING PATHS OF GLORY "SPEAKING OF PRUSSIANS "

NEW YORK GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY

SUNDRY ACCOUNTS

by

IRVIN S. COBB

Author of "Back Home," "Speaking of Operations ," "Old Judge Priest," Etc.

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New York George H. Doran Company

Copyright, 1922, by George H. Doran Company

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Printed in the United States of America

TO JOHN WILSON TOWNSEND, ESQUIRE

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I DARKNESS 11

II THE CATER CORNERED SEX 57

III A SHORT NATURAL HISTORY 104

IV IT COULD HAPPEN AGAIN TO MORROW 157

V THE RAVELIN' WOLF 212

VI "WORTH 10,000" 246

VII MR. LOBEL'S APOPLEXY 300

VIII ALAS, THE POOR WHIFFLETIT! 341

IX PLENTIFUL VALLEY 392

X A TALE OF WET DAYS 424

SUNDRY ACCOUNTS

CHAPTER I

DARKNESS

There was a house in this town where always by night lights burned. In one of its rooms many lights burned; in each of the other rooms at least one light. It stood on Clay Street, on a treeless plot among flower beds, a small dull looking house; and when late on dark nights all the other houses on Clay Street were solid blockings lifting from the lesser blackness of their background, the lights in this house patterned its windows with squares of brilliancy so that it suggested a grid set on edge before hot flames. Once a newcomer to the town, a transient guest at Mrs. Otterbuck's boarding house, spoke about it to old Squire Jonas, who lived next door to where the lights blazed of nights, and the answer he got makes a fitting enough beginning for this account.

This stranger came along Clay Street one morning, and Squire Jonas, who was leaning over his gate contemplating the world as it passed in review, nodded to him and remarked that it was a fine morning; and the stranger was emboldened to stop and pass the time of day, as the saying goes.

"I'm here going over the books of the Bernheimer Distilling Company," he said when they had spoken of this and that, "and, you know, when a chartered accountant gets on a job he's supposed to keep right at it until he's done. Well, my work keeps me busy till pretty late. And the last three nights, passing that place yonder adjoining yours, I've noticed she was all lit up like as if for a wedding or a christening or a party or something. But I didn't see anybody going in or coming out, or hear anybody stirring in there, and it struck me as blamed curious. Last night or this morning, rather, I should say it must have been close on to half past two o'clock when I passed by, and there she was, all as quiet as the tomb and still the lights going from top to bottom. So I got to wondering to myself. Tell me, sir, is there somebody sick over there next door?"

"Yes, suh," stated the squire, "I figure you might say there is somebody sick there. He's been sick a powerful long time too. But it's not his body that's sick; it's his soul."

"I don't know as I get you, sir," said the other man in a puzzled sort of way.

"Son," stated the squire, "I reckin you've been hearin' 'em, haven't you, singin' this here new song that's goin' 'round about, 'I'm Afraid to Go Home in the Dark'? Well, probably the man who wrote that there song never was down here in these parts in his life; probably he just made the idea of it up out of his own head... Continue reading book >>




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