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A Hoosier Chronicle by Meredith Nicholson

By Meredith Nicholson

A HOOSIER CHRONICLE. With illustrations. THE SIEGE OF THE SEVEN SUITORS. With illustrations. HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY Boston and New York

A HOOSIER CHRONICLE

"Dreams books, are each a world and books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good; Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow"

Wordsworth in Personal Talk

[Illustration: SYLVIA AND PROFESSOR KELTON]

A HOOSIER CHRONICLE

MEREDITH NICHOLSON

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY F.C. YOHN

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY The Riverside Press Cambridge

_Published March 1912_

TO

EVANS WOOLLEN, ESQ.

The wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand which perishes in the twisting; that the State must follow and not lead the character and progress of the citizen; the strongest usurper is quickly got rid of; and they only who build on Ideas, build for eternity; and that the form of government which prevails is the expression of what cultivation exists in the population which permits it. The law is only a memorandum. We are superstitious, and esteem the statute somewhat; so much life as it has in the character of living men is its force.

EMERSON: _Politics_.

CONTENTS

I. My LADY OF THE CONSTELLATIONS 1 II. SYLVIA GOES VISITING 20 III. A SMALL DINNER AT MRS. OWEN'S 39 IV. WE LEARN MORE OF SYLVIA 62 V. INTRODUCING MR. DANIEL HARWOOD 79 VI. HOME LIFE OF HOOSIER STATESMEN 89 VII. SYLVIA AT LAKE WAUPEGAN 113 VIII. SILK STOCKINGS AND BLUE OVERALLS 136 IX. DANIEL HARWOOD RECEIVES AN OFFER 152 X. IN THE BOORDMAN BUILDING 168 XI. THE MAP ABOVE BASSETT'S DESK 193 XII. BLURRED WINDOWS 212 XIII. THE WAYS OF MARIAN 225 XIV. THE PASSING OF ANDREW KELTON 246 XV. A SURPRISE AT THE COUNTRY CLUB 257 XVI. "STOP, LOOK, LISTEN" 271 XVII. A STROLL ACROSS THE CAMPUS 288 XVIII. THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD 297 XIX. THE THUNDER OF THE CAPTAINS 321 XX. INTERVIEWS IN TWO KEYS 350 XXI. A SHORT HORSE SOON CURRIED 374 XXII. THE GRAY SISTERHOOD 393 XXIII. A HOUSE-BOAT ON THE KANKAKEE 403 XXIV. A WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY BALL 418 XXV. THE LADY OF THE DAGUERREOTYPE 439 XXVI. APRIL VISTAS 460 XXVII. HEAT LIGHTNING 474 XXVIII. A CHEERFUL BRINGER OF BAD TIDINGS 497 XXIX. A SONG AND A FALLING STAR 511 XXX. THE KING HATH SUMMONED HIS PARLIAMENT 534 XXXI. SYLVIA ASKS QUESTIONS 542 XXXII. "MY BEAUTIFUL ONE" 560 XXXIII. THE MAN OF SHADOWS 570 XXXIV. WE GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING 591 A POSTSCRIPT BY THE CHRONICLER 602


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