OLD EBENEZER -- 1897 -- CONTENTS Chapter Page 1. Sam Lyman, . 7 2. The Noted Advocate, . . 14 3. The Timely Oracle, . 21 4. A Fog Between Them, . . 38 5. The Belle of the Town, 49 G. Humbled Into the Dust, . . 55 7. The Wedding Breakfast, G3 8. Suppressing the News. . . 70 9. At Church, ., 83 10. The Old Fellow Laughed, . . 01 11. In the Lantern Light, . . 100 12. Wanted to Dream, . - 112 l . In a Magazine, . 122 11. Nothing Remarkable in It, . 132 15. Must Leave the Town, . . 143 16. Sawyers Plan, . . 155 17. At the Creek, . . 164 19. At the Wagon Maer, Shcp, . . 114 l. h Restless Night, . . 181 20. Afraid in the Dark, . . 191 21. With Old Jasper, . . 197 22. The Boosy, . . 207 -- Chapter 23. After an Anxious Night, 24. At Mt. Zion, . 25. At Nancys Home, . 26. Out in the Dark, 27. The Revenge, . 28. A Gentleinan Mule-Buyer, . 29. Gone Away, . 30. The Home, . a l. There Came a Check, . 32. Laughed at His Weakness, 53. The Petition, . OLD EBEIVEZER. - CHAPTER I. In more than one of the sleepy neighborhoods that lay about the drowsy town of Old Ebenezer, Sam Lyman had lolled and dreamed. He had come out of the keen air of Vermont, and for a time he was looked upon as a marvel of energy, but the soft atmosphere of a southwestern state soothed the Yankee worry out of his walk, and made him content to sit in the shade, to wait for the other man to come and, as the other man was doing the same thing, rude hurry was not a feature of any business transaction. Of course the smoothing of Lymans Yankee ruffles had taken some time. He had served as cross-tie purchaser for a new rail- way, had kept books and split slabs for kindling wood at a saw mill then, as an assistant to the proprietor of across-roads store, he had counted eggs and bargained for chickens, with a smile for a ging- ham miss and a word of religious philosophy for the dame in home-spun. But he was now less act- ive, , apql ial, rady he had begun to long for easier, C .C c . cmlAiiyAi.nti io he took up school at forty dol- iiq,2311 1, n. the Ebenezer country, the school .Y dC1.., A -. teacher is regarded as a supremely wise and hope- lessly lazy mortal. I3e is expected to know all of earth, as the preacher is believed to know all of heaven, and when he has once been installed into this, position, a disposition to get out of it is branded as a sacrilege. He has taken the peda-. gogic veil and must wear it. Rut Lyman was not satisfied with the respect given to this calling he longed for somethiig else, not of a more active na- ture, it is true, but somethiig that might embrace a broader swing. T11e soft atmosphere had turned the edge of his physical energy, but his mind was eager ancl grasping. His Ilistory was that deal- fallacy, that silken toga which many of us have wrapped about ourselves-the belief that a good score at college means immediate success out in the world. And he had worked desperately to fin- ish his education, had taken care of horses and waited upon table at a summer resort in the White hfountains. His first great and cynical shoclc was to find that his accomplishment certificate was one of an enormous edition that it meant compara- tively nothing in the great brutal world of trade that modesty was a drawback, and that gentleness was as weak as timidity. And repeated fzilures drove him from New England to a community where, it had been said, the people were less sharp, less cold, and farless exacting. He was getting along in years when he took up the school-past thirty-five. He was tall, lean, and inclined toward angularity...
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