Country Life Volume 23

Country Life Volume 23

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...Sunday morning at II. It is the call of the rural problem to those who have heeded the call to rural life. Mrs. John Corbin, wife of the head of the wholesale house of Corbin & Co., woolens, and whose home, "The Rocks," had become one of the centres of Hillport's urban colony, was joyously stirred when she received this letter. She went everywhere among the summer residents creating interest in the service announced for the following Sunday morning. At one of the houses she visited, the daughter, Miss Janet Blake, was out and she was entertained by the father, Galusha Blake--if "entertained" is the word. For "Old Man Blake," as he was called, was a soured and crotchetty individual. Through the death of his wife some years before he had lost his faith--and con sequently his health. He sold out his business interests in the city and withdrew from everything, and now rheumatism and crutches had completed the job. Mrs. Corbin mentioned to him the low standard of community life in Hillport, and asked if something couldn't be done to quicken the life of the town generally. "Quicken that vegetative mass of humans!" exclaimed Blake with a sneer. "Dump them into the harbor--in some spot where the water is deep, you understand, so as not to obstruct navigation. And then populate the village with a new breed. That's the only way to quicken Hillport." "But, Mr. Blake, I'm in earnest." "So am I. Look at that wart on the face of nature," and he pointed out of the window to the village that was in full view. "If that isn't the ugliest huddle of houses ever devised for human habitation! The town went to sleep back in Colonial days and forgot to wake up--the degenerative...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 975g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236748972
  • 9781236748973