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The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 11 The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 11

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 11
CHAPTER XITHE duties of young Lord Marque, the new man on the Willett estate at Caranay, left him at leisure only after six o'clock, his day being almost entirely occupied in driving a large lawn mower. Life, for John Marque--as he now called himself--had become exquisitely simple; eating, sleeping, driving a lawn mower--these three manly sports so entirely occupied the twenty-four hours that he had scarcely time to do much weeding--and no time at all to sympathise with himself because he was too busy by day and too sleepy at night. Sundays he might have taken off for the purpose of... Long Stories - Post by : villarj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1231

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 10 The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 10

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 10
CHAPTER XTHE riots in London culminated in an episode so cataclysmic that it sobered the civilised world. Young Lord Marque, replying to a question in the House of Lords, said: "As long as the British peerage can summon muscular vigour sufficient to keep a monocle in its eye and extract satisfaction from a cigarette, no human woman in the British Empire shall ever cast a bally ballot for any bally purpose whatever. What!" And the House of Lords rose to its wavering legs and cheered him with an enthusiasm almost loud enough to be heard above ordinary conversation. But that unwise... Long Stories - Post by : villarj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1546

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 9 The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 9

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 9
CHAPTER IXTHE collective and individual charms of the Board of Regents so utterly over-powered Langdon that he scarcely realised what was happening to him. First, at their request, he sat cross-legged on the ground; and they walked round and round him, inspecting him. Under such conditions no man could be at his best; there was a silly expression on his otherwise attractive face, which, as their attitude toward him seemed to waver between indifference and disapproval, became unconsciously appealing. "Kindly rise, Mr. Langdon," said Miss Challis, chairman of the board. Langdon got up, and his ears turned red with a sudden... Long Stories - Post by : villarj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 3020

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 8 The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 8

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 8
CHAPTER VIIIAT the gate of the New Race University and Masculine Beauty Preserve the pretty gate-keeper on duty looked at Langdon, then at his fair captor, in unfeigned astonishment. "Why, Ethra!" she said, "is _that all you've brought home?" "Did you think I was going to net a dozen?" asked Ethra Leslie, warmly. "Please unlock the gate. Mr. Langdon is tired and hungry, and I want the Regents to finish with him quickly so that he can have some luncheon." The gate-keeper, a distractingly pretty red-haired girl, regarded Langdon with dubious hazel eyes. "He'll never pass the examination," she whispered to... Long Stories - Post by : villarj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1614

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 7 The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 7

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 7
CHAPTER VIIIT is a surprising and trying moment for a girl who throws water upon a young man's face to see that face begin to dissolve and come off, feature by feature, in polychromatic splendour. She did not faint; her intellect reeled for a moment; then she dropped her hands from her eyes and saw him sitting up on the ground, blinking at her gravely from a streaked and gaudy countenance. His wig was tilted over one eye; rouge and pearl powder made his cheeks and chin very gay; and his handsome, silky moustache hung by one corner from his upper... Long Stories - Post by : villarj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1364

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 6 The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 6

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 6
CHAPTER VIALL over the United States conditions were becoming terrible, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of militant women, wives, widows, matrons, maidens, and stenographers had gone on strike. Non-intercourse with man was to be the punishment for any longer withholding the franchise; husbands, fathers, uncles, fiances, bachelors, and authors held frantic mass meetings to determine what course to pursue in the imminence of rapidly impending industrial, political, and social disaster. But, although men's sufferings threatened to be frightful; although for months now nobody of the gentler sex had condescended to pay them the slightest attention; although their wives replied to them... Long Stories - Post by : villarj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 2154

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 5 The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 5

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 5
CHAPTER VONE week later Curtis Langdon sat on the banks of a trout stream fishing, apparently deeply absorbed in his business; but he was listening so hard that his ears hurt him. A few yards away, ambushed behind a rock on which was painted "Votes for Women," lurked William Sayre. A net lay on the ground beside him, fashioned with ring and detachable handle like a gigantic butterfly net. He, too, tremendously excited, was listening and watching the human bait--Langdon being cast for the bait. Perfect and nauseating beauty now marked that young gentleman. Features and figure were symmetrical; his eyebrows... Long Stories - Post by : villarj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 3570

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 1 The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 1

The Gay Rebellion - Chapter 1
CHAPTER ITHE year had been, as everybody knows, a momentous and sinister year for the masculine sex; marriages and births in the United States alone had fallen off nearly eighty per cent.; the establishment of Suffragette Unions in every city, town, and village of the country, their obedience to the dictation of the Central National Female Franchise Federation; the financial distress of the florists, caterers, milliners and modistes incident to the almost total suspension of social functions throughout the great cities of the land, threatened eventually to paralyse the nation's business. Clergymen were in a pitiable condition for lack of fees... Long Stories - Post by : villarj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 793

The Gay Rebellion - Preface The Gay Rebellion - Preface

The Gay Rebellion - Preface
TOSUZANNE CARROLL _Though J. H. jeer And "Smith" incline to frown, I do not fear To write these verses down And publish them in town. The solemn world knows well that I'm no poet; So what care I if two gay scoffers know it? Buck up, my Muse! Wing high thy skyward way, And don't refuse... Long Stories - Post by : villarj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1133

The Hidden Children - Chapter 10. In Garrison The Hidden Children - Chapter 10. In Garrison

The Hidden Children - Chapter 10. In Garrison
CHAPTER X. IN GARRISONThe end of the month was approaching, and as yet we had received no marching orders, although every evening the heavy-laden batteaux continued to arrive from Albany, and every morning the slow wagon train left for the lake, escorted by details from Schott's irregulars, and Franklin's Wyoming militia. But our veteran rifle battalion did not stir, although all the other regular regiments had marched to Otsego; and Colonel Gansevoort's 3rd N. Y. Regiment of the Line, which was now under orders to remain and guard the Valley, had not yet returned, although early in the week an Oneida... Long Stories - Post by : windermere - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1504

The Hidden Children - Chapter 9. Mid-Summer The Hidden Children - Chapter 9. Mid-Summer

The Hidden Children - Chapter 9. Mid-Summer
CHAPTER IX. MID-SUMMERSince our arrival from Westchester the weather had been more or less unsettled--fog, rain, chilling winds alternating with days of midsummer heat. But now the exhausting temperature of July remained constant; fiery days of sunshine were succeeded by nights so hot and suffocating that life seemed well-nigh insupportable under tents or in barracks, and officers and men, almost naked, lay panting along the river bank through the dreadful hours of darkness which brought no relief from the fiery furnace of the day. Schott's riflemen mounted guard stripped to the waist; the Oneidas and Stockbridge scouts strode about unclothed save... Long Stories - Post by : windermere - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 2603

The Hidden Children - Chapter 8. Old Friends The Hidden Children - Chapter 8. Old Friends

The Hidden Children - Chapter 8. Old Friends
CHAPTER VIII. OLD FRIENDSThe sunrise gun awoke me. I rolled out of my blanket, saw the white cannon-smoke floating above the trees, ran down to the river, and plunged in. When I returned, the Sagamore had already broken his fast, and once more was engaged in painting himself--this time in a most ghastly combination of black and white, the startling parti-coloured decorations splitting his visage into two equal sections, so that his eyes gleamed from a black and sticky mask, and his mouth and chin and jaw were like the features of a weather-bleached skull. "More war, O Mayaro, my brother?"... Long Stories - Post by : windermere - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1232

The Hidden Children - Chapter 7. Lois The Hidden Children - Chapter 7. Lois

The Hidden Children - Chapter 7. Lois
CHAPTER VII. LOISWhen I came to the log house by the Spring Waiontha, lantern in hand and my packet tucked beneath my arm, it was twilight, and the starless skies threatened rain. Road and field and forest were foggy and silent; and I thought of the first time I had ever set eyes on Lois, in the late afternoon stillness which heralded a coming storm. I had with me, as I say, a camp lantern which enabled me to make my way through the thicket to the Spring Waiontha. Not finding her there, I retraced my steps and crossed the charred... Long Stories - Post by : windermere - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1087

The Hidden Children - Chapter 3. View Halloo! The Hidden Children - Chapter 3. View Halloo!

The Hidden Children - Chapter 3. View Halloo!
CHAPTER III. VIEW HALLOO!It rained, rained, rained, and the darkness and wind combined with the uproar of the storm to make venturing abroad well nigh impossible. Yet, an orderly, riding at hazard, managed to come up with a hundred of the Continental foot, convoying the train, and, turning them in their slopping tracks, start back with them through a road running shin-high in mud and water. Messengers, also, were dispatched to call out the district militia, and they plodded all night with their lanterns, over field and path and lonely country road. As for Colonel Sheldon, booted, sashed, and helmeted, he... Long Stories - Post by : windermere - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 2738

The Hidden Children - Chapter 2. Poundridge The Hidden Children - Chapter 2. Poundridge

The Hidden Children - Chapter 2. Poundridge
CHAPTER II. POUNDRIDGEWe now approached the door of the manor house we named ourselves to the sentry, who presently fetched an officer of Minute Men, who looked us over somewhat coldly. "You wish to see Major Lockwood?" he asked. "Yes," said Boyd, "and you may say to him that we are come from headquarters express to speak with him on private business." "From whom in Albany do you come, sir?" "Well, sir, if you must have it, from General Clinton," returned Boyd in a lower voice. "But we would not wish it gossipped aloud." The man seemed to be perplexed,... Long Stories - Post by : windermere - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1500

The Hidden Children - Chapter 1. The Bedford Road The Hidden Children - Chapter 1. The Bedford Road

The Hidden Children - Chapter 1. The Bedford Road
CHAPTER I. THE BEDFORD ROADIn the middle of the Bedford Road we three drew bridle. Boyd lounged in his reeking saddle, gazing at the tavern and at what remained of the tavern sign, which seemed to have been a new one, yet now dangled mournfully by one hinge, shot to splinters. The freshly painted house itself, marred with buckshot, bore dignified witness to the violence done it. A few glazed windows still remained unbroken; the remainder had been filled with blue paper such as comes wrapped about a sugar cone, so that the misused house seemed to be watching us out... Long Stories - Post by : windermere - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 2455

The Hidden Children - Preface The Hidden Children - Preface

The Hidden Children - Preface
TO MY MOTHER Whatever merit may lie in this book is due to her wisdom, her sympathy and her teaching  AUTHOR'S PREFACE No undue liberties with history have been attempted in this romance. Few characters in the story are purely imaginary. Doubtless the fastidious reader will distinguish these intruders at a glance, and very properly ignore them. For they, and what they never were, and what they never did, merely sugar-coat a dose disguised, and gild the solid pill of fact with tinselled fiction. But from the flames of Poundridge town ablaze, to the rolling smoke of Catharines-town, Romance but limps... Long Stories - Post by : windermere - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 696

In The Quarter - Chapter 17 In The Quarter - Chapter 17

In The Quarter - Chapter 17
CHAPTER XVIIParis lay sparkling under a cold, clear sky. The brilliant streets lay coiled along the Seine and stretched glittering from bank to bank, from boulevard to boulevard; cafes, brasseries, concert halls and theaters in the yellow blaze of gas and the white and violet of electricity. It was not late, but people who entered the lobby of the Theater Fauvette turned away before the placard "Standing room only." Somewhere in the city a bell sounded the hour, and with the last stroke the drop curtain fell on the first act of "La Belle Helene." It fell amidst a whirlwind of... Long Stories - Post by : windermere - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 3552

In The Quarter - Chapter 16 In The Quarter - Chapter 16

In The Quarter - Chapter 16
CHAPTER XVIFewer tourists and more hunters had been coming to the Lodge of late; the crack of the rifle sounded all day. There was great talk of a hunt which the duke would hold in September, and the colonel and Rex were invited. But though September was now only a few days off, the colonel was growing too restless to wait. After Yvonne's visit, he and Ruth were much together. It seemed to happen so. They took long walks into the woods, but Ruth seemed to share now her father's aversion to climbing, and Gethryn stalked the deer with only the... Long Stories - Post by : windermere - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1137

In The Quarter - Chapter 15 In The Quarter - Chapter 15

In The Quarter - Chapter 15
CHAPTER XVSupper was over, evening had fallen; but there would be no music tonight under the beech tree; the sky was obscured by clouds and a wet wind was blowing. Mrs Dene and Ruth were crossing the hall; Gethryn came in at the front door and they met. "Well?" said Rex, forcing a smile. "Well," said Ruth. "Mademoiselle Descartes is better. Madame will bring her down stairs by and by. It appears that wretched peasant who drove them has been carrying them about for hours from one inn to another, stopping to drink at all of them. No wonder they were... Long Stories - Post by : windermere - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1638