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House - Chapter 4. The First Payment House - Chapter 4. The First Payment

House - Chapter 4. The First Payment
CHAPTER IV. THE FIRST PAYMENTAs for Mr. Denslow, he agreed with other friends and neighbors that in our new old house we had secured a genuine bargain. But, as I have already indicated, Mr. Denslow was no day-dreamer; he had a way of viewing things that was severe in its practicality. Now, I am in no sense a business man; you may already have suspected this truth. I am very far from being a fool, as those who have read my numerous treatises (particularly my "Essay to Prove the Probability of the Existence of an Atmosphere on the Other... Nonfictions - Post by : jlowe - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 2380

House - Chapter 3. We Make Our Bargain Known House - Chapter 3. We Make Our Bargain Known

House - Chapter 3. We Make Our Bargain Known
CHAPTER III. WE MAKE OUR BARGAIN KNOWNThe Schmittheimer place has occasioned Alice and me many heartburnings of envy the last three years. I recall that the first time we passed it Alice exclaimed: "There, Reuben, is just the place for us!" I agreed entirely with this proposition. The house stood back a goodly distance from the street upon a prominence that gave it an extended survey of the landscape, and afforded an exceptionally noble opportunity for an unobstructed view of the heavens upon cloudless nights. Alice particularly admired the lawn, for already she pictured to herself the... Nonfictions - Post by : jlowe - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 1504

House - Chapter 2. Ourselves And Our Neighbors House - Chapter 2. Ourselves And Our Neighbors

House - Chapter 2. Ourselves And Our Neighbors
CHAPTER II. OURSELVES AND OUR NEIGHBORSEverybody's house is better made by his neighbors. This philosophical utterance occurs in one of those black-letter volumes which I purchased with the money left me by my Aunt Susan (of blessed memory!). Even if Alice and I had not fully made up our minds, after nineteen years of planning and figuring, what kind of a house we wanted, we could have referred the important matter to our neighbors in the confident assurance that these amiable folk were much more intimately acquainted with our needs and our desires than we ourselves were. The... Nonfictions - Post by : jneal36 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 877

House - Chapter 1. We Buy A Place House - Chapter 1. We Buy A Place

House - Chapter 1. We Buy A Place
CHAPTER I. WE BUY A PLACEIt was either Plato the Athenian, or Confucius the Chinese, or Andromachus the Cretan--or some other philosopher whose name I disremember--that remarked once upon a time, and the time was many centuries ago, that no woman was happy until she got herself a home. It really makes no difference who first uttered this truth, the truth itself is and always has been recognized as one possessing nearly all the virtues of an axiom. I recall that one of the first wishes I heard Alice express during our honeymoon was that we should sometime be rich... Nonfictions - Post by : jneal36 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 3387

House - Introduction House - Introduction

House - Introduction
The story that is told in this volume is as surely an autobiography as if that announcement were a part of the title: and it also has the peculiar and significant distinction of being in some sort the biography of every man and woman who enters seriously upon the business of life. In its pages is to be found the history of the heart's desire of all who are disposed to take the partnership of man and woman seriously. The instinct--the desire--call it what you will--that is herein set forth with such gentle humor is as old as humanity, and all... Nonfictions - Post by : jneal36 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 1753

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 12. A Winter Night: Old Tricks: Pheasant-Stalking... The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 12. A Winter Night: Old Tricks: Pheasant-Stalking...

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 12. A Winter Night: Old Tricks: Pheasant-Stalking...
CHAPTER XII. A WINTER NIGHT: OLD TRICKS: PHEASANT-STALKING: MATCHLOCK versus BREECH-LOADER: CONCLUSIONWhen the moon is full and nearly at the zenith it seems to move so slowly that the shadows scarcely change their position. In winter, when the branches are bare, a light that is nearly vertical over a tree can cast but little shadow, and that falls immediately around the trunk. So that the smallness of the shadow itself and the slowness of its motion together tend to conceal it. The snow on the ground increases the sense of light, and in approaching the wood the scene is even more... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Richard Jefferies - Read : 1885

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 11. Ferreting: A Rabbit-Hunter The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 11. Ferreting: A Rabbit-Hunter

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 11. Ferreting: A Rabbit-Hunter
CHAPTER XI. FERRETING: A RABBIT-HUNTERThe ferreting season commences when the frosts have caused the leaves to drop, and the rabbits grow fat from feeding on bark. Early one December morning, Orion and I started, with our man Little John, to ferret a double-mound for our old friend Farmer 'Willum' at Redcote. Little John was a labourer--one of those frequently working at odd times for Luke, the Rabbit-Contractor. We had nicknamed him Little John because of his great size and unwieldy proportions. He was the most useful man we knew for such work; his heart was so thoroughly in it. He was... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Richard Jefferies - Read : 3272

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 10. Farmer Willum's Place: Snipe Shooting The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 10. Farmer Willum's Place: Snipe Shooting

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 10. Farmer Willum's Place: Snipe Shooting
CHAPTER X. FARMER WILLUM'S PLACE: SNIPE SHOOTINGOne October morning towards the end of the month, Orion and I started to beat over Redcote Farm upon the standing invitation of the occupier. There was a certainty of sport of some kind, because the place had remained almost unchanged for the last century. It is 'improvement' that drives away game and necessitates the pheasant preserve. The low whitewashed walls of the house were of a dull yellowish hue from the beating of the weather. They supported a vast breadth of thatched roof drilled by sparrows and starlings. Under the eaves the swallows' nests... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Richard Jefferies - Read : 3381

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 9. Luke, The Rabbit Contractor: The Brook-Path The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 9. Luke, The Rabbit Contractor: The Brook-Path

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 9. Luke, The Rabbit Contractor: The Brook-Path
CHAPTER IX. LUKE, THE RABBIT CONTRACTOR: THE BROOK-PATHThe waggon-track leading to the Upper Woods almost always presented something of interest, and often of beauty. The solitude of the place seemed to have attracted flowers and ferns as well as wild animals and birds. For though flowers have no power of motion, yet seeds have a negative choice and lie dormant where they do not find a kindly welcome. But those carried hither by the birds or winds took root and flourished, secure from the rude ploughshare or the sharp scythe. The slow rumble of waggon-wheels seldom disturbed the dreamy silence, or... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Richard Jefferies - Read : 1113

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 8. Churchyard Pheasants: Before The Bench The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 8. Churchyard Pheasants: Before The Bench

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 8. Churchyard Pheasants: Before The Bench
CHAPTER VIII. CHURCHYARD PHEASANTS: BEFORE THE BENCHThe tower of the church at Essant Hill was so low that it scarcely seemed to rise above the maples in the hedges. It could not be seen until the last stile in the footpath across the meadows was passed. Church and tower then came into view together on the opposite side of a large open field. A few aged hawthorn trees dotted the sward, and beyond the church the outskirts of a wood were visible, but no dwellings could be seen. Upon a second and more careful glance, however, the chimney of a cottage... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Richard Jefferies - Read : 2154

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 7. Oby And His System: The Moucher's Calendar The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 7. Oby And His System: The Moucher's Calendar

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 7. Oby And His System: The Moucher's Calendar
CHAPTER VII. OBY AND HIS SYSTEM: THE MOUCHER'S CALENDAROne dark night, as I was walking on a lonely road, I kicked against something, and but just saved myself from a fall. It was an intoxicated man lying at full length. As a rule, it is best to let such people alone; but it occurred to me that the mail-cart was due; with two horses harnessed tandem-fashion, and travelling at full speed, the mail would probably go over him. So I seized the fellow by the collar and dragged him out of the way. Then he sat up, and asked in a... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Richard Jefferies - Read : 1911

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 6. Lurcher-Land: 'The Park' The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 6. Lurcher-Land: 'The Park'

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 6. Lurcher-Land: 'The Park'
CHAPTER VI. LURCHER-LAND: 'THE PARK'The time of the apple-bloom is the most delicious season in Sarsen village. It is scarcely possible to obtain a view of the place, although it is built on the last slope of the Downs, because just where the ground drops and the eye expects an open space, plantations of fir and the tops of tall poplars and elms intercept the glance. In ascending from the level meadows of the vale thick double mounds, heavily timbered with elm, hide the houses until you are actually in their midst. Those only know a country who are acquainted with... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Richard Jefferies - Read : 1034

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 2. The Old Punt: A Curious 'Turnpike' The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 2. The Old Punt: A Curious 'Turnpike'

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 2. The Old Punt: A Curious 'Turnpike'
CHAPTER II. THE OLD PUNT: A CURIOUS 'TURNPIKE'The sculls of our punt, being short and stout, answered very well as levers to heave the clumsy old craft off the sand into which it sank so deeply. That sheltered corner of the mere, with a shelving sandy shore, and a steep bank behind covered with trees, was one of the best places to fish for roach: you could see them playing under the punt in shoals any sunny day. There was a projecting bar almost enclosing the creek, which was quite still, even when the surf whitened the stony strand without, driven... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Richard Jefferies - Read : 698

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 1. The First Gun The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 1. The First Gun

The Amateur Poacher - Chapter 1. The First Gun
CHAPTER I. THE FIRST GUNThey burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?--and so magnificent a brush as he had too. But there he stood, and mounted guard over the old flintlock that was so powerful a magnet to us in... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Richard Jefferies - Read : 2607

The Amateur Poacher - Preface The Amateur Poacher - Preface

The Amateur Poacher - Preface
The following pages are arranged somewhat in the order of time, beginning with the first gun, and attempts at shooting. Then come the fields, the first hills, and woods explored, often without a gun, or any thought of destruction: and next the poachers, and other odd characters observed at their work. Perhaps the idea of shooting with a matchlock, or wheel-lock, might, if put in practice, at least afford some little novelty. R.J.... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Richard Jefferies - Read : 2410

Black Rebellion: Five Slave Revolts - Appendix Of Authorities Black Rebellion: Five Slave Revolts - Appendix Of Authorities

Black Rebellion: Five Slave Revolts - Appendix Of Authorities
THE MAROONS OF JAMAICA 1. Dallas, R. C. "The History of the Maroons, from their origin to the establishment of their chief tribe at Sierra Leone: including the expedition to Cuba, for the purpose of procuring Spanish chasseurs; and the state of the Island of Jamaica for the last ten years, with a succinct history of the island previous to that period." In two volumes. London, 1803. (8vo.) 2. Edwards, Bryan. "The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies. To which is added a general description of the Bahama Islands, by Daniel M'Kinnen, Esq." In four... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Wentworth Higginson - Read : 1137

Black Rebellion: Five Slave Revolts - Nat Turner's Insurrection Black Rebellion: Five Slave Revolts - Nat Turner's Insurrection

Black Rebellion: Five Slave Revolts - Nat Turner's Insurrection
During the year 1831, up to the 23d of August, the Virginia newspapers seem to have been absorbed in the momentous problems which then occupied the minds of intelligent American citizens: What Gen. Jackson should do with the scolds, and what with the disreputables? should South Carolina be allowed to nullify? and would the wives of cabinet ministers call on Mrs. Eaton? It is an unfailing opiate to turn over the drowsy files of the Richmond _Enquirer_, until the moment when those dry and dusty pages are suddenly kindled into flame by the torch of Nat Turner. Then the terror flared... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Wentworth Higginson - Read : 1881

Black Rebellion: Five Slave Revolts - Denmark Vesey Black Rebellion: Five Slave Revolts - Denmark Vesey

Black Rebellion: Five Slave Revolts - Denmark Vesey
On Saturday afternoon, May 25, 1822, a slave named Devany, belonging to Col. Prioleau of Charleston, S.C., was sent to market by his mistress,--the colonel being absent in the country. After doing his errands, he strolled down upon the wharves in the enjoyment of that magnificent wealth of leisure which usually characterized the former "house-servant" of the South, when beyond hail of the street-door. He presently noticed a small vessel lying in the stream, with a peculiar flag flying; and while looking at it, he was accosted by a slave named William, belonging to Mr. John Paul, who remarked to him,... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Wentworth Higginson - Read : 1352

Black Rebellion: Five Slave Revolts - Gabriel's Defeat Black Rebellion: Five Slave Revolts - Gabriel's Defeat

Black Rebellion: Five Slave Revolts - Gabriel's Defeat
In exploring among dusty files of newspapers for the true records of Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner, I have caught occasional glimpses of a plot perhaps more wide in its outlines than that of either, which has lain obscure in the darkness of half a century, traceable only in the political events which dated from it, and the utter incorrectness of the scanty traditions which assumed to preserve it. And though researches in public libraries have only proved to me how rapidly the materials for American history are vanishing,--since not one of our great institutions possessed, a few years since, a... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Wentworth Higginson - Read : 1474

Europe And The Faith, "sine Auctoritate Nulla Vita" - Chapter 9. The Defection Of Britain Europe And The Faith, "sine Auctoritate Nulla Vita" - Chapter 9. The Defection Of Britain

Europe And The Faith, "sine Auctoritate Nulla Vita" - Chapter 9. The Defection Of Britain
CHAPTER IX. THE DEFECTION OF BRITAINOne thing stands out in the fate of modern Europe: the profound cleavage due to the Reformation. One thing made that wound (it was almost mortal) so deep and _lasting_: the failure of one ancient province of civilization, and one only, to keep the Faith: this province whereof I write: Britain. The capital event, the critical moment, in the great struggle of the Faith against the Reformation, was the defection of Britain. It is a point which the modern historian, who is still normally anti-Catholic, does not and cannot make. Yet the defection of Britain from... Nonfictions - Post by : eggibiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hilaire Belloc - Read : 1552