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Tales and Trails of Wakarusa   By: (1867-1928)

Tales and Trails of Wakarusa by Alexander Miller Harvey

Tales and Trails of Wakarusa is a captivating collection of short stories that will transport readers to the beauty and charm of the fictional town of Wakarusa. Penned by author Alexander Miller Harvey, this book combines elements of adventure, mystery, and folklore to create an enchanting reading experience.

One of the highlights of this collection is the author's ability to bring Wakarusa to life through vivid descriptions and intricate storytelling. From the moment readers step foot in the town, they are immersed in its scenic landscapes, quaint cottages, and vibrant characters. Harvey's attention to detail is evident in every paragraph, as he paints a picture so vivid that readers will feel as if they are right there, walking alongside the book's protagonists.

The tales in this collection cover a wide range of themes and genres, ensuring that there is something for every reader. From eerie ghost stories that will send shivers down your spine, to heartwarming narratives of friendship and love, each story offers a unique perspective on life in Wakarusa. One can truly appreciate the depth of the author's imagination and ability to create captivating plotlines that keep the reader engaged from start to finish.

Furthermore, Harvey showcases his talent for character development throughout the book. Each protagonist is thoroughly crafted, with a distinct personality that adds depth and authenticity to their experiences. From brave adventurers to mischievous locals, the characters in Tales and Trails of Wakarusa are relatable, multidimensional, and leave a lasting impression on the reader.

While the stories are rich in adventure and excitement, they also touch on deeper themes that resonate with readers on a universal level. Harvey subtly explores love, loss, the passage of time, and the search for identity, allowing readers to reflect upon their own lives and experiences. On the surface, the tales may seem like pleasant diversions, but they contain a depth that encourages introspection and newfound appreciation for the human experience.

In conclusion, Tales and Trails of Wakarusa by Alexander Miller Harvey is a captivating and enchanting collection of stories. With its beautiful prose, immersive descriptions, and well-developed characters, this book will transport readers to an enchanting world while imparting valuable life lessons. Harvey's ability to weave together adventure, mystery, and folklore creates a tapestry of storytelling that is sure to captivate readers of all ages. Whether you are seeking an escape, a dose of nostalgia, or simply a good read, Tales and Trails of Wakarusa is a book that should not be missed.

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Tales and Trails of Wakarusa

By A. M. HARVEY of the Topeka Bar

Crane & Company, Printers Topeka, Kansas 1917

Copyright 1917 By Crane and Company

A Forethought and a Dedication

"A Paradoxical philosopher, carrying to the uttermost length that aphorism of Montesquieu's, 'Happy the people whose annals are tiresome,' has said; 'Happy the people whose annals are vacant.' In which saying, mad as it looks, may there not still be found some grain of reason? For truly, as it has been written, 'Silence is divine,' and of Heaven; so in all earthly things, too, there is a silence which is better than any speech. Consider it well, the Event, the thing which can be spoken of and recorded; is it not in all cases some disruption, some solution of continuity? Were it even a glad Event, it involves change, involves loss (of active force); and so far, either in the past or in the present, is an irregularity, a disease. Stillest perseverance were our blessedness not dislocation and alteration could they be avoided.

"The oak grows silently in the forest a thousand years; only in the thousandth year, when the woodman arrives with his ax, is there heard an echoing through the solitudes; and the oak announces itself when, with far sounding crash, it falls. How silent, too, was the planting of the acorn, scattered from the lap of some wandering wind! Nay, when our oak flowered, or put on its leaves (its glad Events), what shout of proclamation could there be? Hardly from the most observant a word of recognition... Continue reading book >>

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