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Faces in the Fire by Frank W. Boreham

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FACES IN THE FIRE

FACES IN THE FIRE and OTHER FANCIES

BY F. W. BOREHAM

AUTHOR OF 'THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL,' 'THE SILVER SHADOW,' 'MUSHROOMS ON THE MOOR,' 'THE GOLDEN MILESTONE,' 'MOUNTAINS IN THE MIST,' 'THE LUGGAGE OF LIFE,' ETC., ETC.

THE ABINGDON PRESS NEW YORK CINCINNATI

CONTENTS

PART I

CHAP. PAGE

I. THE BABY AMONG THE BOMBSHELLS 13

II. STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM 24

III. THE CONQUEST OF THE CRAGS 36

IV. LINOLEUM 46

V. THE EDITOR 57

VI. THE PEACEMAKER 68

VII. NOTHING 79

VIII. THE ANGEL AND THE IRON GATE 89

IX. SHORT CUTS 98

PART II

I. THE POSTMAN 113

II. CRYING FOR THE MOON 123

III. OUR LOST ROMANCES 134

IV. A FORBIDDEN DISH 144

V. AN OLD MAID'S DIARY 153

VI. THE RIVER 163

VII. FACES IN THE FIRE 172

VIII. THE MENACE OF THE SUNLIT HILL 184

IX. AMONG THE ICEBERGS 196

PART III

I. A BOX OF TIN SOLDIERS 207

II. LOVE, MUSIC, AND SALAD 216

III. THE FELLING OF THE TREE 227

IV. SPOIL! 237

V. A PHILOSOPHY OF FANCY-WORK 247

VI. A PAIR OF BOOTS 256

VII. CHRISTMAS BELLS 265

BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION

It was a chilling experience, that first glimpse of New Zealand! Hour after hour the great ship held on her way up the Cook Straits amidst scenery that made me shudder and that scowled me out of countenance. Rugged, massive, inhospitable, and bare, how sternly those wild and mountainous landscapes contrasted with the quiet beauty that I had surveyed from the same decks as the ship had dropped down Channel! I shaded my eyes with my hands and swept the strange horizon at every point, but nowhere could I see a sign of habitation--no man; no beast; no sheltering roof; no winding road; no welcoming column of smoke! And when, in the twilight of that still autumn evening, I at length descended the gangway, and set foot for the first time on the land of my adoption, I found myself--twelve thousand miles from home--in a country in which not a soul knew me, and in which I knew no single soul. It was not an exhilarating sensation.


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