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The Shadow World - Chapter 7 The Shadow World - Chapter 7

The Shadow World - Chapter 7
CHAPTER VIICameron's Amateur Psychic Club, which had so nearly disintegrated by reason of the long series of barren sittings, was drawn together again by the news of my startling success at Fowler's house. Cameron at once decided that the members should hear my report, and I was notified to be ready to relate my experiences in full. We met, as before, at Cameron's table, and even before the soup-plates were removed the interrogation began, and by the time the company was in full possession of the facts the coffee and cigars had appeared. "Why didn't these wonders take place in our... Nonfictions - Post by : maxfield - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 1856

The Shadow World - Chapter 6 The Shadow World - Chapter 6

The Shadow World - Chapter 6
CHAPTER VIThe next sitting was an almost exact duplication of the last so far as the binding (and nailing) of the psychic was concerned, except that we sewed _two bands of tape to her sleeves and _four tacks were used at each wrist. Her feet were tied separately in the middle of a long tape, and the ends brought together, carried back beneath her chair, and tacked to the floor. As before, we placed the large end of the cone on the floor, out of her reach, leaving the smaller end on the table, which we left just out of her... Nonfictions - Post by : maxfield - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 2143

The Shadow World - Chapter 5 The Shadow World - Chapter 5

The Shadow World - Chapter 5
CHAPTER VAt this point the sittings, which had begun so interestingly, suddenly began to fail of results. The power unaccountably weakened. Miller and several others of the circle believed these failures to be due to the increased rigidity of the restraint we had imposed upon the medium. The next "session" was held in Fowler's down-town office, against the hesitating protest of the psychic, who said: "The atmosphere of the place is not good." By which she meant that the associations of the office, with the hurry and worry of business, were in opposition to the mood necessary for the production of... Nonfictions - Post by : maxfield - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 785

The Shadow World - Chapter 4 The Shadow World - Chapter 4

The Shadow World - Chapter 4
CHAPTER IVIf there is any one thing true in these manifestations of "spirit power," it is that the psychic is the agent for their production. Actively or passively, consciously or unconsciously, she completes the formula--her "odic force" is the final chemical which permits precipitation. Sometimes her will to produce, her wish to serve, hinders rather than helps. Often when she is most persistent nothing happens. Sometimes an aching foot or a disturbing thought cuts off all phenomena. For the best results, apparently, the psychic should be confident, easy of mind, and not too anxious to please. I approached this sitting at... Nonfictions - Post by : maxfield - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 1764

The Shadow World - Chapter 3 The Shadow World - Chapter 3

The Shadow World - Chapter 3
CHAPTER IIIWe trooped into the sitting-room Mrs. Smiley, a plain little woman with a sweet mouth and bright black eyes, was awaiting us. She was perceptibly abashed by the keen glances that the men directed upon her, but her manners were those of one natively thoughtful and refined. She made an excellent impression on every one. "Did you bring your magic horn, Mrs. Smiley?" I asked, to relieve her embarrassment. "Oh yes!" she answered, brightly. "I carry that just as a fiddler carries his fiddle--ready for a tune at any moment." She brought a large package from the foot of... Nonfictions - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 3139

The Shadow World - Chapter 2 The Shadow World - Chapter 2

The Shadow World - Chapter 2
CHAPTER III was a little late at Cameron's dinner-party, and no sooner had I shown my face inside the door than a chorus of excited inquiry arose. "Where is the medium?" demanded Cameron. "Don't tell us you haven't got her!" exclaimed Mrs. Quigg. "I haven't her in my pocket, but she has promised to appear a little later," I replied, serenely. "Why didn't you bring her to dinner?" asked Mrs. Cameron. "Well, she seemed a little shy, and, besides, I was quite sure you would all want to discuss her, and so--" "Yes, do tell us about her. Who is she?... Nonfictions - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 823

The Shadow World - Chapter 1 The Shadow World - Chapter 1

The Shadow World - Chapter 1
CHAPTER IA hush fell over the dinner-table, and every ear was open and inclined as Cameron, the host, continued: "No, I wouldn't say that. There are some things that are pretty well established--telepathy, for instance." "I don't believe even in telepathy," asserted Mrs. Quigg, a very positive journalist who sat at his right. "I think even _that is mere coincidence." Several voices rose in a chorus of protest. "Oh no! Telepathy is real. Why, I've had experiences--" "There you go!" replied Mrs. Quigg, still in the heat of her opposition. "You will all tell the same story. Your friend was dying... Nonfictions - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 2220

The Spirit Of Sweetwater - The Mystery Of Mountains The Spirit Of Sweetwater - The Mystery Of Mountains

The Spirit Of Sweetwater - The Mystery Of Mountains
_As the sun sinks And the canons deepening in color Add mystery to silence Then the lone traveller lying out-stretched Beneath the silent pines on some high range Watches and listens in ecstasy of fear And timorous admiration._ _In the roar of the stream he catches The reminiscent echo of colossal cataracts; In the cry of the cliff-bird He thinks he hears the eagle's scream... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 894

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 32. Conclusion A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 32. Conclusion

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 32. Conclusion
CHAPTER XXXII. CONCLUSIONOne winter evening Ida and Bradley came out of their apartments on Capitol Hill and struck into one of the winding walks which led downward toward the city. It was the fourth week of the "short session" of Bradley's term of office, and the tenth week since their marriage. He still treated Ida with a certain timidity, and his adoration had been increased rather than diminished by his daily association with her. She seemed not to regret her compact with him, and though hardly more demonstrative than he, she let him know how deeply she trusted and loved him.... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 531

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 31. Ida Shows Bradley The Way Out A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 31. Ida Shows Bradley The Way Out

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 31. Ida Shows Bradley The Way Out
CHAPTER XXXI. IDA SHOWS BRADLEY THE WAY OUTHe did not see her again till the next afternoon. She came out into the ante-room in the hotel looking so lovely he could hardly believe his good fortune. "Now you are in my hands, Mr. Talcott." He noticed that she did not call him "Brother" Talcott. He was as boyish and timid as ever, quite subdued by her presence, and followed her out to the omnibus in a daze of delight. He had forgotten all he knew, but he was very content to listen. She, however, did not seem at all self-conscious. She... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 1232

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 30. The Great Round Up A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 30. The Great Round Up

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 30. The Great Round Up
CHAPTER XXX. THE GREAT ROUND UPDuring his stay in St. Louis Bradley found the papers filled with the Alliance movement in Kansas, and looked for Ida's name each morning. She was in the western part of the State, but moving eastward; and when a few days later he saw her announced in the Kansas City morning papers to speak at the great "round up" at Chiquita, he packed his valise on the sudden impulse, and started on the next train, determined to hear her speak once more at least. It was just noon when he alighted from the train at Chiquita.... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 1847

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 29. Bradley Discouraged A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 29. Bradley Discouraged

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 29. Bradley Discouraged
CHAPTER XXIX. BRADLEY DISCOURAGEDThe Judge and Mrs. Brown were alarmed at the change in him. He was gloomy and pale, but he protested he was all right. "I'm going out on the farm. I believe it'll do me good to go out and help Councill put up his hay. It seems to me if I could get physically tired and wolfishly hungry again it would do me good." The Judge drove him out to Councill's one afternoon. Everybody they met seemed delighted to see him. Mrs. Councill came out to the horse-block, her bare arm held up to shield her eyes.... Long Stories - Post by : jorgemv - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 779

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 28. Spring Conventions A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 28. Spring Conventions

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 28. Spring Conventions
CHAPTER XXVIII. SPRING CONVENTIONSThe session wore along monotonously--at least to those who like Bradley took no interest in the bitter partisan wrangling--and suddenly it came upon him that spring was near. There came a couple of sunny days after three days of warm rain and the grass grew suddenly green. A robin hunting worms on the lawn laughed out audaciously one morning as Bradley went across the path. There seemed to be a mysterious awakening thrill in every plant and animal. The distant hills grew soft in outline. A few days and the Spirea Japonica flamed out in yellow, the quince... Long Stories - Post by : jorgemv - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 3375

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 27. Bradley's Long-Cherished Hope Vanishes A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 27. Bradley's Long-Cherished Hope Vanishes

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 27. Bradley's Long-Cherished Hope Vanishes
CHAPTER XXVII. BRADLEY'S LONG-CHERISHED HOPE VANISHESIt had been snowing all the afternoon, and the shrubbery hung heavy and silent with heaped, clinging, feathery snow, dazzling white by contrast with the dark sustaining branches, and the yellow lamps flamed warmly amid the all-surrounding steely blue and glistening white. The damp pavements the snow had melted, were banded with gold and crimson from the reflected light of the lamps and the warning glare of car and carriage lights. As Bradley breathed the pure air and walked soundlessly along the narrow paths and looked across the unflecked, untrodden snow up to the vast... Long Stories - Post by : jorgemv - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 1076

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 23. On To Washington A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 23. On To Washington

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 23. On To Washington
CHAPTER XXIII. ON TO WASHINGTONIn the west (as in rural America anywhere), the three types of great men in the peoples' eyes are the soldier, the politician and the minister. The whole people appear to revere the great soldier, the men admire the successful politician, and the women bow down before the noted preacher. These classes of hero-worshipers melt into each other, of course, but broadly they may be said to separately exist. In colonial days the minister came first, the soldier second, the politician last. Since the revolution the soldier has been the first figure in the triumvirate, and in... Long Stories - Post by : jorgemv - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 1259

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 22. The Judge Plans A New Campaign A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 22. The Judge Plans A New Campaign

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 22. The Judge Plans A New Campaign
CHAPTER XXII. THE JUDGE PLANS A NEW CAMPAIGNThe first three or four weeks of legislative life sickened and depressed Bradley. He learned in that time, not only to despise, but to loath some of the legislators. The stench of corruption got into his nostrils, and jovial vice passed before his eyes. The duplicity, the monumental hypocrisy, of some of the leaders of legislation made him despair of humankind and to doubt the stability of the republic. He was naturally a pure-minded, simple-hearted man, and when one of the leaders of the moral party of his State was dragged out of a... Long Stories - Post by : jorgemv - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 1141

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 21. Bradley And Cargill Call On Ida A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 21. Bradley And Cargill Call On Ida

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 21. Bradley And Cargill Call On Ida
CHAPTER XXI. BRADLEY AND CARGILL CALL ON IDABradley had come to like Cargill very much. He was very thoughtful in his haphazard way, but not at all like Radbourn. Bradley compared every man he met with Radbourn and Judge Brown, and every woman suffered comparison with Ida Wilbur. He went down to meet Cargill on the night of the promised call. He found him seated on the small of his back, his hands in his pockets. His absurd little hat (that seemed to partake of his every mood) was rolled into a point in front, and pulled down aggressively over his... Long Stories - Post by : jorgemv - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 3007

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 20. At The State House A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 20. At The State House

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 20. At The State House
CHAPTER XX. AT THE STATE HOUSEThat the invitation to attend the Square Table Club over-shadowed the importance and significance of Bradley's entrance into public life, was an excellent commentary upon his real character. The State House, however, appealed to his imagination very strongly as he walked up its unfinished lawn, amid the heaps of huge limestone blocks, his eyes upon the looming facade of the west front. He walked the echoing rotunda with a timid air; and the beautiful soaring vault was so majestic in his eyes, he wondered if Washington could be finer. There were a few other greenhorns, like... Long Stories - Post by : jorgemv - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 2878

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 19. Cargill Takes Bradley In Hand A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 19. Cargill Takes Bradley In Hand

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 19. Cargill Takes Bradley In Hand
CHAPTER XIX. CARGILL TAKES BRADLEY IN HANDCargill was not at the table the next morning, but he came in later, and greeted Bradley brusquely, as he flung his rag of a hat on the floor. "Well, legislator, what is on the tapis this morning? Anything I can do for you?" "No, I guess not. I am going to look up a new boarding-house." "What's the matter with this?" "Too rich for my blood." "Just repeat that, please." "Can't stand the expense." Cargill poured the cream on his oatmeal before he replied: "But, dear sir, nothing is too good for a representative.... Long Stories - Post by : jorgemv - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 1656

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 18. 'Don't Blow Out The Gas' A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 18. "Don't Blow Out The Gas"

A Spoil Of Office: A Story Of The Modern West - Chapter 18. 'Don't Blow Out The Gas'
CHAPTER XVIII. "DON'T BLOW OUT THE GAS"Des Moines appeared to Bradley to be very great and very noisy. It was the largest city he had ever seen. He was born in Eastern Wisconsin on a farm, and his early life had been spent far from any populous centre; very largely, indeed, in the timber-lands. He had been in Lacrosse, that is to say, he changed cars there, and Rock River and Iowa City were the only towns he had ever lived in. He had the preconception that Des Moines was a fine city, but its streets seemed endless to him that... Long Stories - Post by : jorgemv - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hamlin Garland - Read : 2977