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A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 19. Lion and Cub A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 19. Lion and Cub

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 19. Lion and Cub
Chapter XIX. Lion and CubMy task is done. I have discussed with as much brevity as I could the three foundations of our ancient grudge against England: our school textbooks, our various controversies from the Revolution to the Alaskan boundary dispute, and certain differences in customs and manners. Some of our historians to whom I refer are themselves affected by the ancient grudge. You will see this if you read them; you will find the facts, which they give faithfully, and you will also find that they often (and I think unconsciously) color such facts as are to England's discredit and... Long Stories - Post by : ghhansen - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 2982

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 18. The Will to Friendship--or the Will to Hate? A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 18. The Will to Friendship--or the Will to Hate?

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 18. The Will to Friendship--or the Will to Hate?
Chapter XVIII. The Will to Friendship--or the Will to Hate?Nations do not like each other. No plainer fact stares at us from the pages of history since the beginning. Are we to sit down under this forever? Why should we make no attempt to change this for the better in the pages of history that are yet to be written? Other evils have been made better. In this very war, the outcry against Germany has been because she deliberately brought back into war the cruelties and the horrors of more barbarous times, and with cold calculations of premeditated science made these... Long Stories - Post by : Case_Stevens - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 1790

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 17. Paint A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 17. Paint

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 17. Paint
Chapter XVII. PaintSoldiers of ours--many soldiers, I am sorry to say--have come back from Coblenz and other places in the black spot, saying that they found the inhabitants of the black spot kind and agreeable. They give this reason for liking the Germans better than they do the English. They found the Germans agreeable, the English not agreeable. Well, this amounts to something as far as it goes: but how far does it go, and how much does it amount to? Have you ever seen an automobile painted up to look like new, and it broke down before it had run... Long Stories - Post by : Brad_Pollina - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 1030

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 16. An International Imposture A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 16. An International Imposture

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 16. An International Imposture
Chapter XVI. An International ImpostureA part of the Irish is asking our voice and our gold to help independence for the whole of the Irish. Independence is not desired by the whole of the Irish. Irishmen of Ulster have plainly said so. Everybody knows this. Roman Catholics themselves are not unanimous. Only some of them desire independence. These, known as Sinn Fein, appeal to us for deliverance from their conqueror and oppressor; they dwell upon the oppression of England beneath which Ireland is now crushed. They refer to England's brutal and unjustifiable conquest of the Irish nation seven hundred and forty-eight... Long Stories - Post by : jumpstart - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 1141

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 15. Rude Britannia, Crude Columbia A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 15. Rude Britannia, Crude Columbia

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 15. Rude Britannia, Crude Columbia
Chapter XV. Rude Britannia, Crude ColumbiaIt may have been ten years ago, it may have been fifteen--and just how long it was before the war makes no matter--that I received an invitation to join a society for the promotion of more friendly relations between the United States and England."No, indeed," I said to myself.Even as I read the note, hostility rose in me. Refusal sprang to my lips before my reason had acted at all. I remembered George III. I remembered the Civil War. The ancient grudge, the anti-English complex, had been instantly set fermenting in me. Nothing could better disclose... Long Stories - Post by : Tony_day - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 2888

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 14. England the Slacker! A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 14. England the Slacker!

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 14. England the Slacker!
Chapter XIV. England the Slacker!What did England do in the war, anyhow?Let us have these disregarded facts also. From the shelves of history I have pulled down and displayed the facts which our school textbooks have suppressed; I have told the events wherein England has stood our timely friend throughout a century; events which our implanted prejudice leads us to ignore, or to forget; events which show that any one who says England is our hereditary enemy might just about as well say twice two is five.What did England do in the war, anyhow?They go on asking it. The propagandists, the... Long Stories - Post by : bpeifer - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 1288

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 13. Benefits Forgot A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 13. Benefits Forgot

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 13. Benefits Forgot
Chapter XIII. Benefits ForgotIn our next war, our war with Spain in 1898, England saved us from Germany. She did it from first to last; her position was unmistakable, and every determining act of hers was as our friend. The service that she rendered us in warning Germany to keep out of it, was even greater than her suggestion of our Monroe doctrine in 1823; for in 1823 she put us on guard against meditated, but remote, assault from Europe, while in 1898 she actively averted a serious and imminent peril. As the threat of her fleet had obstructed Napoleon in... Long Stories - Post by : jfitzpatrick - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 2935

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 12. On the Ragged Edge A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 12. On the Ragged Edge

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 12. On the Ragged Edge
Chapter XII. On the Ragged EdgeOn November 6, 1860, Lincoln, nominee of the Republican party, which was opposed to the extension of slavery, was elected President of the United States. Forty-one days later, the legislature of South Carolina, determined to perpetuate slavery, met at Columbia, but, on account of a local epidemic, moved to Charleston. There, about noon, December 20th, it unanimously declared "that the Union now subsisting between South Carolina and other States, under the name of the United States of America, is hereby dissolved." Soon other slave states followed this lead, and among them all, during those final months... Long Stories - Post by : rpariera - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 1427

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 11. Some Family Scraps A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 11. Some Family Scraps

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 11. Some Family Scraps
Chapter XI. Some Family ScrapsDo not suppose because I am reminding you of these things and shall remind you of some more, that I am trying to make you hate France. I am only trying to persuade you to stop hating England. I wish to show you how much reason you have not to hate her, which your school histories pass lightly over, or pass wholly by. I want to make it plain that your anti-English complex and your pro-French complex entice your memory into retaining only evil about England and only good about France. That is why I pull out... Long Stories - Post by : PhotoCreations - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 2309

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 10. Jackstraws A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 10. Jackstraws

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 10. Jackstraws
Chapter X. JackstrawsJackstraws is a game which most of us have played in our youth. You empty on a table a box of miniature toy rakes, shovels, picks, axes, all sorts of tools and implements. These lie under each other and above each other in intricate confusion, not unlike cross timber in a western forest, only instead of being logs, they are about two inches long and very light. The players sit round the table and with little hooks try in turn to lift one jackstraw out of the heap, without moving any of the others. You go on until you... Long Stories - Post by : Jim_Hayes - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 3264

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 9. Concerning a Complex A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 9. Concerning a Complex

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 9. Concerning a Complex
Chapter IX. Concerning a ComplexAll of these books, history and fiction, drop into the American mind during its early springtime the seed of antagonism, establish in fact an anti-English "complex." It is as pretty a case of complex on the wholesale as could well be found by either historian or psychologist. It is not so violent as the complex which has been planted in the German people by forty years of very adroitly and carefully planned training: they were taught to distrust and hate everybody and to consider themselves so superior to anybody that their sacred duty as they saw it... Long Stories - Post by : ej_fan0119 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 2465

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 8. History Astigmatic A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 8. History Astigmatic

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 8. History Astigmatic
Chapter VIII. History AstigmaticSo far as I know, it was Mr. Sydney Gent Fisher, an American, who was the first to go back to the original documents, and to write from study of these documents the complete truth about England and ourselves during the Revolution. His admirable book tore off the cloak which our school histories had wrapped round the fables. He lays bare the political state of Britain at that time. What did you learn at your school of that political state? Did you ever wonder able General Howe and his manner of fighting us? Did it ever strike you... Long Stories - Post by : conversionrater - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 2178

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 7. Tarred with the Same Stick A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 7. Tarred with the Same Stick

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 7. Tarred with the Same Stick
Chapter VII. Tarred with the Same StickThe blackest page in our history is our treatment of the Indian. To speak of it is a thankless task--thankless, and necessary.This land was the Indian's house, not ours. He was here first, nobody knows how many centuries first. We arrived, and we shoved him, and shoved him, and shoved him, back, and back, and back. Treaty after treaty we made with him, and broke. We drew circles round his freedom, smaller and smaller. We allowed him such and such territory, then took it away and gave him less and worse in exchange. Throughout a... Long Stories - Post by : maverick042500 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 3345

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 6. Who Is Without Sin? A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 6. Who Is Without Sin?

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 6. Who Is Without Sin?
Chapter VI. Who Is Without Sin?Much else is there that it were well they should ponder, and I am coming to it presently; but first, one suggestion. Most of us, if we dig back only fifty or sixty or seventy years, can disinter various relatives over whose doings we should prefer to glide lightly and in silence.Do you mean to say that you have none? Nobody stained with any shade of dishonor? No grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-etc. grandfather or grandmother who ever made a scandal, broke a heart, or betrayed a trust? Every man Jack and woman Jill of the lot right... Long Stories - Post by : prozane - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 2189

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 5. The Ancient Grudge A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 5. The Ancient Grudge

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 5. The Ancient Grudge
Chapter V. The Ancient GrudgeIt was in Broad Street, Philadelphia, before we went to war, that I overheard the foolish--or propagandist--slur upon England in front of the bulletin board. After we were fighting by England's side for our existence, you might have supposed such talk would cease. It did not. And after the Armistice, it continued. On the day we celebrated as "British Day," a man went through the crowd in Wanamaker's shop, asking, What had England done in the War, anyhow? Was he a German, or an Irishman, or an American in pay of Berlin? I do not know. But... Long Stories - Post by : Classylady - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 2829

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 4. 'My Army of Spies' A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 4. "My Army of Spies"

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 4. 'My Army of Spies'
Chapter IV. "My Army of Spies""You will desire to know," said the Kaiser to his council at Potsdam in June, 1908, after the successful testing of the first Zeppelin, "how the hostilities will be brought about. My army of spies scattered over Great Britain and France, as it is over North and South America, will take good care of that. Even now I rule supreme in the United States three million voters do my bidding at the Presidential elections."Yes, they did his bidding; there, and elsewhere too. They did it at other elections as well. Do you remember the mayor... Long Stories - Post by : bannview - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 1151

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 3. In Front of a Bulletin Board A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 3. In Front of a Bulletin Board

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 3. In Front of a Bulletin Board
Chapter III. In Front of a Bulletin BoardThere, then, are ten letters of the fifty which came to me in consequence of what I wrote in May, 1918, which was published in the American Magazine for the following November. Ten will do. To read the other forty would change no impression conveyed already by the ten, but would merely repeat it. With varying phraseology their writers either think we have hitherto misjudged England and that my facts are to the point, or they express the stereotyped American antipathy to England and treat my facts as we mortals mostly do when facts... Long Stories - Post by : antikkiti - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 1292

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 2. What the Postman Brought A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 2. What the Postman Brought

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 2. What the Postman Brought
Chapter II. What the Postman BroughtDuring the winter of 1915 I came to think that Germany had gone dangerously but methodically mad, and that the European War vitally concerned ourselves. This conviction I put in a book. Yeas and nays pelted me. Time seems to show the yeas had it.During May, 1918, I thought we made a mistake to hate England. I said so at the earliest opportunity. Again came the yeas and nays. You shall see some of these. They are of help. Time has not settled this question. It is as alive as ever--more alive than ever. What if... Long Stories - Post by : AndyW - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 2720

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 1. Concerning One's Letter Box A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 1. Concerning One's Letter Box

A Straight Deal: Or, The Ancient Grudge - Chapter 1. Concerning One's Letter Box
Chapter I. Concerning One's Letter BoxPublish any sort of conviction related to these morose days through which we are living and letters will shower upon you like leaves in October. No matter what your conviction be, it will shake both yeas and nays loose from various minds where they were hanging ready to fall. Never was a time when so many brains rustled with hates and panaceas that would sail wide into the air at the lightest jar. Try it and see. Say that you believe in God, or do not; say that Democracy is the key to the millennium, or... Long Stories - Post by : kmorrell - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 1771

The Dragon Of Wantley - Chapter 10. The Great White Christmas at Wantley The Dragon Of Wantley - Chapter 10. The Great White Christmas at Wantley

The Dragon Of Wantley - Chapter 10. The Great White Christmas at Wantley
CHAPTER X. The Great White Christmas at Wantley.Now are all the people long awake and out of their beds. Wantley Manor is stirring busily in each quarter of the house and court, and the whole county likewise is agog. By seven o'clock this morning it was noised in every thatched cottage and in every gabled hall that the great Dragon had been captured. Some said by Saint George in person, who appeared riding upon a miraculous white horse and speaking a tongue that nobody could understand fore it was held to be the language common in Paradise. Some declared Saint George... Long Stories - Post by : downunder - Date : May 2012 - Author : Owen Wister - Read : 1166