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Oct. 14 & 15 = Knox County Scenic Drive, a celebration of Rural Heritage. Join us for the annual celebration here in Knox County, Illinois. The Knox County Scenic Drive is a self-guided car tour, allowing you to navigate your way through the small towns of Knox County, displaying the best they have to offer. You will encounter old traditions, crafts and skills at each of the stops along the way.  Each stop emphasizes a unique aspect of the rural heritage, but they are all bonded together by a fun, friendly atmosphere with plenty to see and do for the entire family. For more information visit



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Visit Southern Memories and Cottage Rose Tea Room. They are located on Old Highway 34 in Patterson, Missouri. Hours are for the shop: Wed.-Sat. 10am to 5pm and for the Tea Room: Wed.-Sat. 11am to 3pm. T Visitors may find anything from rustic farmhouse to vintage styled home decor; with antique furniture, southern relics, and specialty clothing & jewelry items.  For more information call 573-856-4131 or visit
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Gulliver’s Travels 1826
By Jonathan Swift


In a little time 1 felt something alive moving on my left leg, which advancing gently forward over my breast, came almost up to my chin; when bending my eyes downward as much as I could, 1 perceived it to be a human creature not six inches high, with a bow and arrow in his hands, and a quiver at his back. In the mean time, I felt at least forty mote of the same kind (as 1 conjectured) following the first I was in the utmost astonishment, and roared so loud, that they all ran back in a fright: and some of them, as I was afterwards told, were hurt with the falls they got by leaping from my sides upon the ground.

About the queerest pet that I ever had was a young hawk. My brother Rums, who was a great sportsman, brought him home to me one night in spring. He had shot the mother-hawk, and found this young half-fledged one in the nest. I received the poor orphan with joy, for he was too small for me to feel any fear of him, though his family had long borne rather a bad name.
Jane Eyrr (originally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography) is a novel by English writer, Charlotte Bronte. It was published on 16 October 1847, in London, England, under the pen name "Currer Bell." The first American edition was published the following year in New York. Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its heroine including her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester.

The Mummy! 1828

By Mrs. Jane Loudon

"In the year 2126, England enjoyed peace and tranquillity under the absolute dominion of a female sovereign. Numerous changes had taken place for some centuries in the political state of the country, and several forms of government had been successively adopted and destroyed, till, as is generally the case after violent revolutions, they all settled down into an absolute monarchy."

The Butterfly Book 1898

By William Jacob Holland

I flatter myself that I have possessed peculiar facilities for the successful accomplishment of the undertaking I have proposed to myself, because of the possession of what is admitted to be undoubtedly the largest and most perfect collection of the butterflies of North America in existence, containing the types of W. H. Edwards, and many of those of other authors.

Old Curiosity Shop

By Charles Dickens 1841


Valentine Verses 1827

By Richard Cobbold


In the family of the Cobbolds, at Ipswich, has existed for many years, a merry and intellectual party, in which, the lively dance kept up with good humour, was only surpassed in the introduction of such proofs of genius as tended to enliven the intellect, as well as to engage the attention.

My New Year’s Gift to My Son

By Pamphilius (pseudonym) 1869

. The author does not lecture his pupils, but endeavours to entice them into the good path which shall lead them to honour and respect." * * * "Kindness and good feeling run like veins of gold through every story." * * * "Every page is studded with useful and genial hints and encouraging advice to young men." * * * "' MY NEWYEAR'S GIFT' must prove a boon to the rising generation, and is certainly ONE OF THE BEST 'GIFTS' THAT COULD BE PRESENTED BY A FATHER TO HIS SON, OR A TEACHER TO HIS PUPIL, OR A GUARDIAN TO HIS WARD, "A NEW-YEAR'S GIFT."
OUT of the Three Million young men in our country on whom the burden of a nation's life will rest, thirty years hence, and to whom we are to look for our future presidents, governors, senators, judges, lawyers, physicians, clergymen, merchants, and mechanics, how many will achieve success? How many will make a failure of life? The destiny of the nation is in their hands. How can they become "men of mark" to bear its burdens? The following pages will seek to give some answer to these questions.


Our Home Pets 1894

By Olive Thorne Miller

Harriet Mann Miller (1831–1918) was a naturalist, ornithologist and children's writer. She became an author who sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Olive Thorne Miller. In addition to writing on birds and their behavior, she contributed to the journal of the Audubon Society

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1892

By Arthur Conan Doyle


Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a graduate of the University of Edinburgh Medical School. A London-based "consulting detective" whose abilities border on the fantastic, Holmes is known for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science to solve difficult cases. Holmes, who first appeared in print in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories.

Click here for read The Cook’s Own Book from 1842.

    The present times are the beginning of a fresh chapter in the history of Missouri. The tide of intelligent, industrious, and earnest men, the rapid inauguration of public improvements and private enterprises upon a scale heretofore unknown, the employment of skill and capital in mining and manufacturing, the transformation of thousands of acres of the virgin soil to cultivated farms, and the rapidly growing villages and creation of new business centers, give us every reason to date the opening of the new epoch in the development of the resources of Missouri from the close of the war.
by Kate Douglas Wiggin
     THE old stage coach was rumbling along the dusty road that runs from Maplewood to Riverboro. The day was as warm as midsummer, though it was only the middle of May, and Mr. Jeremiah Cobb was favoring the horses as much as possible, yet never losing sight of the fact that he carried the mail. The hills were many, and the reins lay loosely in his hands as he lolled back in his seat and extended one foot and leg luxuriously over the dashboard. His brimmed hat of worn felt was well pulled over his eyes, and he revolved a quid of tobacco in his left cheek.
   “It was to soothe a mother’s heartbreak that I came in the saddest hours of her life . . . ” Born two weeks after his father’s death, Georg Ebers was his mother’s “comfort child.” It was reported that he actually laughed on the third day of his life and that he embodied a “precocious cheerfulness.”
     From a fatherless child to renowned Egyptologist and historical romance author, Georg tackled life’s challenges with fortitude.

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Winter Sketches from the Saddle 1888

By John Codman


I Have a favorite medical system, which I shall style Equestrianopathy. It is vastly superior to Allopathy, Homoeopathy, Electropathy or pathy of any other kind.

"When pain and anguish wring the brow," whether it comes from mental or physical depression, too much exercise of brain or stomach, dissipation of society or confinement in furnace-heated hotels or offices of the city, I resort to my remedy.


Click here to read “New Guide to Health” by Samuel Thomson 1825.


Samuel Thomson (9 February 1769 – 5 October 1843) was a self-taught American herbalist and botanist, best known as the founder of the alternative system of medicine known as "Thomsonian Medicine", which enjoyed wide popularity in the United States during the 19th century.


Wired Love, A Romance of Dots and Dashes

By Ella Cheever Thayer 1880


     Ella Cheever Thayer (September 14, 1849 – 1925) was a playwright and novelist. A former telegraph operator at the Brunswick Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, who used her experience on the telegraph as the basis for a book ("Wired Love, A Romance of Dots and Dashes"was a bestseller for 10 years. She was a playwright, writing "The Lords of Creation" in 1883, it was one of the first suffragette plays.She also wrote "Amber, a Daughter of Bohemia"which was a drama in 5 acts in 1883.She also wrote short stories for magazines including "The Forgotten Past" in Argosy (magazine) (January, 1897). She was a resident of Saugus, Massachusetts.

Click here to read “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson.


Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. His works have been admired by many other writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, Bertolt Brecht, Marcel Proust, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, Cesare Pavese, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Vladimir Nabokov,J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins."

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Chancellor "Chauncey" Olcott (July 21, 1858 – March 18, 1932) was an American stage actor, songwriter and singer of Irish descent born in Buffalo, New York.

Lillian Russell played a major role in helping make him a Broadway star. Amongst his songwriting accomplishments, Olcott wrote and composed the song "My Wild Irish Rose" for his production of A Romance of Athlone in 1899. Olcott also wrote the lyrics to "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" for his production of The Isle O' Dreams in 1912.

He retired to Monte Carlo and died there of Pernicious anemia in 1932. His body was brought home and interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx.

His life story was told in the 1947 Warner Bros. motion picture My Wild Irish Rose starring Dennis Morgan as Olcott. In 1970, Olcott was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Click here to read the romance novel “Dead Man’s Rock” 1887 by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller Couch.



Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (21 November 1863 – 12 May 1944) was a British writer who published under the pen name of Q. He is primarily remembered for the monumental Oxford Book Of English Verse 1250–1900 (later extended to 1918), and for his literary criticism. He guided the taste of many who never met him, including American writer Helene Hanff, author of 84, Charing Cross Road and its sequel, Q's Legacy;[1] and the fictional Horace Rumpole, via John Mortimer, his literary amanuensis.

In 1887, while he was at Oxford, he published Dead Man's Rock, a romance in the vein of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, and he followed this up with Troy Town (1888), a comic novel set in a fictionalised version of Fowey, and The Splendid Spur (1889). Quiller-Couch was well known for his story "The Rollcall of the Reef", based on the wreck of HMS Primrose in 1809 on the Cornish coast. He published in 1896 a series of critical articles, Adventures in Criticism, and in 1898 he completed Robert Louis Stevenson’s unfinished novel, St. Ives.

Click here to read Cooking & Castle Building by Emma Pika Ewing 1883


Mrs. Emma Pike Ewing was an educator, lecturer and author. She was born Broome County, New York in July 1838. She taught and lectured throughout the United States and Canada. She is the author of “The Art of Cookery.”

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane 1896


A Civil War Novel = Chapter 1 - The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. As the landscape changed from brown to green, the army awakened, and began to tremble with eagerness at the noise of rumors. It cast its eyes upon the roads, which were growing from long troughs of liquid mud to proper thoroughfares. A river, amber tinted in the shadow of its banks, purled at the army's feet; and at night, when the stream had become of a sorrowful blackness, one could see across it the red, eyelike gleam of hostile campfires set in the low brows of distant hills.

Click here to listen Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards “A Song of Old Hawaii”


 Clifton A. Edwards (June 14, 1895 – July 17, 1971) — known as "Ukelele Ike" — was an American singer and voice actor who enjoyed considerable popularity in the 1920s and early '30s, specializing in jazzy renditions of pop standards and novelty tunes. He had a number-one hit with "Singin' In The Rain" in 1929. He also did voices for animated cartoons later in his career, and is best known as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney's Pinocchio (1940).

Click here to read “Dogs” by George Frederick Pardon 1857.


Prom a child I have been fond of dogs. They were among my earliest companions, and I claim them as my latest and truest friends. Most men pride themselves on their knowledge of horses and dogs, and an acquaintance with their habits and peculiarities stands, with many, in the place of a liberal education. But of all creatures the dog alone seems capable of ministering to our wants without servility, of receiving reproof without complaint, of displaying for both rich and poor an equal ardour of friendship, and of following us to our graves with real and unselfish regret. In nearly all parts of the world the dog is the servant and friend of man; a collection of anecdotes, therefore, concerning this faithful animal cannot but prove interesting.

Click here to read Memorial Day oration at Jefferson Barracks May 30, 1870 by General I.F. Shepard.


"Ladies And Gentlemen, Fellow-Citizens And Surviving Comrades: Another year has brought us to these consecrated grounds, again to pay our tributes of love and reverence to departed heroes who sleep peacefully about us beneath these mounds and monuments. The sighing breezes of this beautiful spring-time, and the rich-voiced utterance of tender harmonies, swelling in varied symphony through the lofty foliage of these native forests, have a requiem cadence more appropriate and humanizing than muffled drums and wailing trumpets, when pomp and circumstance wait upon the biers of those who go to dusty death from places of power and from the ranks of mere worldly grandeur."

History of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is a 1908 Tin Pan Alley song by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer which has become the unofficial anthem of North American baseball, although neither of its authors had attended a game prior to writing the song. The song (chorus only) is traditionally sung during the middle of seventh inning of a baseball game. Fans are generally encouraged to sing along, and at some ballparks, the words "home team" are replaced with the team name, as is the case with the Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers and several other Major League Baseball teams.
Jack Norworth, while riding a subway train, was inspired by a sign that said "Baseball Today – Polo Grounds". In the song, Katie's (and later Nelly's) beau calls to ask her out to see a show. She accepts the date, but only if her date will take her out to the baseball game. The words were set to music by Albert Von Tilzer. (Norworth and Von Tilzer finally saw their first Major League Baseball games 32 and 20 years later, respectively.) The song was first sung by Norworth's then-wife Nora Bayes and popularized by many other vaudeville acts. It was played at a ballpark for the first known time in 1934, at a high-school game in Los Angeles, and researchers think it made its debut at a major-league park later that year.
Norworth wrote an alternative version of the song in 1927. (Norworth and Bayes were famous for writing and performing such smash hits as "Shine On, Harvest Moon".) With the sale of so many records, sheet music, and piano rolls, the song became one of the most popular hits of 1908. The Haydn Quartet singing group, led by popular tenor Harry MacDonough, recorded a successful version on Victor Records.
The most famous recording of the song was credited to "Billy Murray and the Haydn Quartet", even though Murray did not sing on it. The confusion, nonetheless, is so pervasive that, when "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America as one of the 365 top "Songs of the Century", the song was credited to Billy Murray, implying his recording of it as having received the most votes among songs from the first decade. The first recorded version was by Edward Meeker. Meeker's recording was selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Annette Hanshaw, 1920s American Jazz Singer



Catherine Annette Hanshaw (October 18, 1901 – March 13, 1985) was an American Jazz Age singer. Her singing style was relaxed and suited to the new jazz-influenced pop music of the late 1920s. Although she had a low opinion of her own singing, she continued to have fans because she combined the voice of an ingenue with the spirit of a flapper. Hanshaw was known as "The Personality Girl," and her trademark was saying "That's all" in a cheery voice at the end of many of her records.

Between September 1926 and February 1934, she recorded prolifically. From 1926 to 1928 she recorded for Pathe (her sides were released on both the Pathe and Perfect labels). Starting in June 1928, she recorded for Columbia; most of these were issued on their dime store labels Harmony, Diva, Clarion and Velvet Tone. A handful were also released on their regular price Columbia and OKeh. Although most were released under her own name, she was renamed Gay Ellis (for sentimental numbers) and Dot Dare or Patsy Young (for her Helen Kane impersonations). She recorded under a number of other pseudonyms, which included Ethel Bingham, Marion Lee, Janet Shaw, and Lelia Sandford. Starting in August 1932, she began recording for the ARC with her recordings issued on their Melotone, Perfect, Conqueror, Oriole and Romeo. Her final session, February 3, 1934, was placed on ARC's Vocalion label,

Hanshaw made her one and only appearance on film in the 1933 Paramount short Captain Henry's Radio Show, "a picturization" of the popular Thursday evening radio program Maxwell House Show Boat, in which she starred from 1932 to 1934.

Having grown tired of show business, in the late 1930s Hanshaw retired and settled into married life with her husband, Pathé Records executive Herman "Wally" Rose. Later in life, in a would-be comeback, she recorded two demo records, but they were never released. She died of cancer in 1985 at New York Hospital, aged 83, after a long illness; she was living in Manhattan at that time.

Collections of Hanshaw's recordings were released on Audio CD in 1999 by Sensation Records.

Another revival of interest occurred in 2008 with the use of Hanshaw's music throughout the full-length indie animated feature Sita Sings the Blues, which retells the Indian epic poem the Ramayana from Sita's perspective by setting scenes from it to performances by Hanshaw.[5] More recently, her 1929 song "Daddy Won't You Please Come Home" was featured in the video game Bioshock 2 in 2010.


History of St. Clair County, Illinois 1881

By Brink, McDonough & Co.


It is the aim of this work to collect and preserve in enduring and popular form some of the facts of the early settlement and subsequent growth of a great county of a grand State. The families whose ancestors were early on the ground, and whose members have made the county what it is, are worthy of remembrance; end their difficulties and sorrows, customs, labors and patriotism, should not be allowed to fall into oblivion. By a knowledge of those the present generation will be instructed, end the future will be guided.

All history, if it is properly written, is interesting; and there is not a country, or a city, or a hamlet,—nay, we might say, not a family or an individual on the globe,—whose history might not be more or less valuable to posterity.

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Legends & Stories of Ireland 1899

By Samuel Lover



Poor Darby; but it was not in his belief of the "virtue of dreams" that his weakness only lay. He likewise had a most extensive creed as regarded fairies of all sorts and sizes, and was always on the lookout for a Leprechaun.

Now a Leprechaun is a fairy of peculiar tastes, properties and powers, which it is necessary to acquaint the reader with. His taste as to occupation is very humble, for he employs himself in making shoes, and he loves retirement, being fond of shady nooks, where he can sit alone and pursue his avocation undisturbed. He is quite a hermit in this respect, for there is no instance on record of two Leprechauns being seen together.



Samuel Lover (February 24, 1797 Dublin – July 6, 1868) was an Anglo-Irish[1] songwriter, novelist, and a painter of portraits, chiefly miniatures. He was the grandfather of Victor Herbert. Lover produced a number of Irish songs, of which several – including The Angel's Whisper, Molly Bawn, and The Four-leaved Shamrock – attained great popularity. He also wrote novels, of which Rory O'Moore (in its first form a ballad), and Handy Andy are the best known, and short Irish sketches which, with his songs, he combined into a popular entertainment called Irish Nights. He joined with Charles Dickens in founding Bentley's Magazine.


Click here to read “That Lass O’Lowrie’s” by Frances Hodgson Burnett Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 – 29 October 1924) was an English-American playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, in particular Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885-6), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911).
Click here to read “Winter” by Henry David Thoreau.

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore, while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and "Yankee" love of practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay; at the same time he advocated abandoning waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs.


Click here to read “A Bachelor’s Christmas” by Robert Grant 1895 Robert Grant (January 24, 1852 – May 19, 1940) was an American author. Grant was born into a wealthy family in Boston, Massachusetts on January 24, 1852. He attended Boston Latin School and graduated from Harvard University in 1873. At one point in his college career he was publicly reprimanded for missing chapel on 22 occasions. He received the first Ph.D. in English granted by Harvard in 1876 and a law degree in 1879. His first novel appeared in 1880. It was called The Confessions of a Frivolous Girl, a realistic depiction of the problems facing young women. He published his second novel An Average Man in 1883, a study of two young New York lawyers with very different ambitions. His next novel was Face to Face (1886), which demonstrated the difference between English and American manners and social standards. He followed that with the novel that proved to be his most successful. Unleavened Bread (1900), the story of a woman who abandons her moral standards in her search for prestige and dominance was one of the best selling novels of 1900

Holiday Rambles 1881

by Thomas Read Wilkinson



What magnificent works these ocean steamers are! There is no single achievement which so specially characterises the progress of modern times as the ocean steamer. It has bound together with enduring ties the continents of Europe and America, and made the mighty waste of waters truly the highway of the nations.


Some Words with a Mummy 1880

By Edgar Allan Poe



     Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement.

     Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre.

     He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.


Whispering Smith 1906

By Frank Hamilton Spearman



Frank Hamilton Spearman (September 6, 1859 – December 29, 1937) was an American author.


He was known for his books in the Western fiction genre and especially for his fiction and non-fiction works on the topic of railroads.


Although he wrote prolifically about railroads, his actual career was that of a bank president in McCook, Nebraska and did not himself work for a railroad. Spearman was also a devout Roman Catholic convert and held political views best described as proto-libertarian, both of which beliefs are also reflected in his novels.


His western novel Whispering Smith – the title character of which was modeled on real-life Union Pacific Railroad detectives Timothy Keliher and Joe Lefors (though the name of the titular hero was apparently derived from another UPRR policeman, James L. "Whispering" Smith) – was made into a movie on eight separate occasions, four silent films in 1916, 1917, 1926, and 1927, with later versions in 1930, 1935, 1948 and 1952. In 1961, NBC aired twenty episodes of the television series Whispering Smith, starring Audie Murphy, a film star and World War II hero in the title role, and Guy Mitchell as detective George Romack

Wall Street Stories by

Edwin Lefevre 1901



Edwin Lefèvre (1871–1943) was an American journalist, writer, and statesman most noted for his writings on Wall Street business.

At the age of nineteen, he began his career as a journalist and eventually became a stockbroker, as well. Following his father's death, he inherited some wealth and became an independent investor; and while living in Hartsdale, New York a collection of Edwin Lefèvre's short stories were published (1901) under the title "Wall Street Stories."

Life on the Stage by Clara Morris 1901

A born actress, genuine, admirable, spontaneous, and powerful in her tragic moments, tender and gentle in the touching scenes, and always true to nature." Modjeska

Morris, Clara [née Morrison] (1846/48-1925) American actress born into poverty in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on March 17th

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Carriages Without Horses Shall Go

By Alfred Richard Sennett 1896


Fascinating story of the beginning of the development of the automobile.

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Margaret Ogilvy

By J.M. Barrie

(her son) 1897

Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish Author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. His father David Barrie was a modestly successful weaver. His mother, Margaret Ogilvy, had assumed her deceased mother's household responsibilities at the age of eight. Barrie was the ninth child of ten (two of whom died before he was born),

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The Autobiography of

Benjamin Franklin


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The Mystery of Handwriting:

A handbook of graphology

By J. Harington Keene 1895


It has been my endeavor, in the following pages, to be suggestive rather than conclusive; helpful rather than dogmatic. In the early days of my own study of handwriting, I should have been very thankful to meet with such a practical and simply written guide as that now offered to the reader. Remembering the dense intricacies of the subject, and the tiresome road over which I have travelled myself, I offer this treat as an aid to those who are trudging the pathways of a most fruitful and interesting science, albeit one beset with many difficulties. To the expert I need only say, "Greeting!" To the student my earnest words are, "Be not weary . . . in due season ye shall reap if ye faint not;"


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Balloon Experiences by

Henry Tracey Coxwell 1889





Henry Tracey Coxwell (2 March 1819, Wouldham, Kent - 5 January 1900, Lewes, Sussex, England), was an English aeronaut. He was the son of a naval officer, educated for the army, but became a dentist. From a boy he had been greatly interested in ballooning, then in its infancy, but his own first ascent was not made until 1844. In 1848 he became a professional aeronaut, making numerous public ascents in the chief continental cities. Returning to London, he gave exhibitions from the Cremorne Gardens and subsequently from the Surrey Gardens. By 1861 he had made over 400 ascents. In 1862 in company with Dr James Glaisher, he attained the greatest height on record, about 11,887 m (39,000 ft). His companion became insensible, and he himself, unable to use his frostbitten hands, opened the gas-valve with his teeth, and made an extremely rapid but safe descent.[1] The result of this and other aerial voyages by Coxwell and Glaisher was the making of some important contributions to the science of meteorology.

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Old Christmas 1876 by

Washington Irving

     THERE is nothing in England that exercises a more delightful spell over my imagination than the lingerings of the holiday customs and rural games of former times. They recall the pictures my fancy used to draw in the May morning of life, when as yet I only knew the world through books, and believed it to be all that poets had painted it; and they bring with them the flavour of those honest days of yore, in which, perhaps with equal fallacy, I am apt to think the world was more homebred, social, and joyous than at present.

Click here to read "The True Story of My Life" by Alice Mangold Diehl.      “At four years old, I began to think in verse, and first dictating verses and stories to my nurse and sister, I was soon writing them for myself. I could also play, by ear, any music I heard that I liked.” Precocious Alice Mangold, born in England in 1844, was fascinated by the world around her.

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A Connecticut Yankee

In King Arthur’s Court

By Mark Twain


Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),[1] better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885),[2] the latter often called "the Great American Novel."

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The Moonstone

By Wilkie Collins

     The Moonstone (1868) by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century British epistolary novel, generally considered the first detective novel in the English language. The story was originally serialized in Charles Dickens' magazine All the Year Round. The Moonstone and The Woman in White are considered Wilkie Collins' best novels.
     Besides creating many of the ground rules of the detective novel, The Moonstone also reflected Collins' enlightened social attitudes in his treatment of the Indians and the servants in the novel. Collins adapted The Moonstone for the stage in 1877, but the production was performed for only two months.

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The Story of Dr.

Dolittle by

Hugh Lofting, 1920

Doctor John Dolittle is the central character of a series of children's books by Hugh Lofting starting with the 1920 The Story of Doctor Dolittle. He is a doctor who shuns human patients in favour of animals, with whom he can speak in their own languages. He later becomes a naturalist, using his abilities to speak with animals to better understand nature and the history of the world.

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Foundation Stones to

Happiness & Success

By James Allen 1913

A 1913 self-help book.



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