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A Christmas Accident and Other Stories by Trumbull

A CHRISTMAS ACCIDENT

AND OTHER STORIES

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BY ANNIE ELIOT TRUMBULL

A Christmas Accident

STORIES BY

ANNIE ELIOT TRUMBULL

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A CHRISTMAS ACCIDENT AND OTHER STORIES. 16mo. Cloth $1.00

ROD'S SALVATION AND OTHER STORIES. 16mo. Cloth 1.00

A CAPE COD WEEK. 16mo. Cloth 1.00

MISTRESS CONTENT CRADOCK. Cloth. 16mo. 1.00

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A. S. BARNES & CO., PUBLISHERS, _New York_.

A Christmas Accident

_And Other Stories_

By

Annie Eliot Trumbull

Author of "White Birches," "A Masque of Culture," etc.

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New York A. S. Barnes and Company 1900

_Copyright, 1897_, BY A. S. BARNES AND COMPANY.

=University Press:= JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A.

OF the stories included in this volume, the first originally appeared in the _Hartford Courant_; "After--the Deluge," in the _Atlantic Monthly_; "Mary A. Twining," in the _Home Maker_; "A Postlude" and "Her Neighbor's Landmark," in the _Outlook_; "The 'Daily Morning Chronicle,'" in _The New England Magazine_; and "Hearts Unfortified," in _McClure's Magazine_. To the courtesy of the editors of these periodicals I am indebted for permission to reprint them.

A. E. T.

Contents

Page

A CHRISTMAS ACCIDENT 1

AFTER--THE DELUGE 32

MEMOIR OF MARY TWINING 67

A POSTLUDE 99

THE "DAILY MORNING CHRONICLE" 139

HEARTS UNFORTIFIED 177

HER NEIGHBOR'S LANDMARK 210

A Christmas Accident

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AT first the two yards were as much alike as the two houses, each house being the exact copy of the other. They were just two of those little red brick dwellings that one is always seeing side by side in the outskirts of a city, and looking as if the occupants must be alike too. But these two families were quite different. Mr. Gilton, who lived in one, was a pretty cross sort of man, and was quite well-to-do, as cross people sometimes are. He and his wife lived alone, and they did not have much going out and coming in, either. Mrs. Gilton would have liked more of it, but she had given up thinking about it, for her husband had said so many times that it was women's tomfoolery to want to have people, whom you weren't anything to and who weren't anything to you, ringing your doorbell all the time and bothering around in your dining-room,--which of course it was; and she would have believed it if a woman ever did believe anything a man says a great many times.


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