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The Secret Doctrine, Volume I Cosmogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky


Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman


Paradoxes of the Highest Science

Eliphas Levi


The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas


Old stories re-told

by Walter Thornbury

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UNIFORM WITH THE PRESENT VOLUME.

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Post Zvo, cloth extra, 2s. 6d. each.

THE MAYFAIR LIBRARY.

THE NEW REPUBLIC. By W. H. Mallock. THE NEW PAUL AND VIRGINIA. By W. H.

MALLOCK.

THE TRUE HISTORY OF JOSHUA DAVIDSON. By E. Lynn Linton.

OLD STORIES RE-TOLD. By Walter ThornBury.

PUNIANA. By The Hon. Hugh Rowley.

THOREAU: HIS LIFE AND AIMS. By H. A. Page. .

BY STREAM AND SEA. By William Senior.

JEUX D'ESPRIT. Collected and Edited by Henry S. Leigh.

GASTRONOMY AS A FINE ART. By Brillat

Savarin.

%* Other Volumes are in preparation. CHATTO AND WINDUS, PICCADILLY, W.

PREFACE.

There are many events of the past and present century— wrecks, riots, trials, famines, and insurrections—familiar to most of us by name, but the details of -which arc unknown to the younger men of this generation. Every one has heard something of the Luddites'and their outrages ; of Thurtell the gambler, and the cruel murder he committed; of that agonising event the burning of tho Kent East Indiaman; of the savage execution of the Cato Street conspirators ; of the trickeries of old Patch; of the tragedy of Spafields, &c.; but there are few of us who have had either time or opportunity to collect, compare, and read at full length, the newspapers, pamphlets> and street ballads which refer to' these occurrences. It is only those who have who can know thoroughly tho truth or falsehood of the traditional accounts. It is from the interesting and vivifying details that the real nature of the social catastrophes and extraordinary occurrences of the past century can best bo ascertained. Some of the more remarkable pages of old Time's chronicle we would here humbly present for re-perusal.

OLD STORIES RE-TOLD.

THE LIFE OF A METHODIST PREACHES.

On a summer morning, in the year 1715, Silas and Dulcibella Told, the children of the doctor of a Guineaman, were wandering about Kingswood, hand in hand, like the pretty babes in the ballad. Their father, a speculative Bristol physician —who had ruined himself by building a wet dock at the Limekilns, Clifton, and then gone to sea as doctor to a slaver, and there died—had brought these children up in a religious way; their mother, the daughter of a Devonshire sea-captain, had also filled their minds with religious feelings, so that the two children were in the habit of spending all their time in the fields, picking wild flowers, looking for mushrooms, or sitting under the wild rose-bushes, " conversing about God and happiness," and " so transported with heavenly bliss " (we use the exact words of one of them in after life), that whether they existed in the body or out of the body they could not tell. Their talk, about God and paradise and the Promised Land, was interrupted with hunts after dragon-flies, scrambles for flowers, startled watchings 'at the flashing of the trout in the brooks, or the plucking of daisies for chains. Now and then the bark of a fox, or the blaring of a badger, filled them with an indescribable dread of being devoured by wild beasts. At last they ran and ran till they got among the trees and lost the path, then they sat down together, kissed each other and cried; for they would never see home again, but starve, pine, and die, and be covered over with leaves by the good robin redbreasts, like the Children in the Wood, for whom they had so often cried their little hearts out. But the little grave boy soon aroused himself to comfort his sister, and bid her trust in God; and just at that moment a large


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