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Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks

[Illustration: "THE VILLAGE GOSSIPS WONDERED WHO HE WAS, WHAT HE WAS, WHAT HE CAME FOR, AND HOW LONG HE INTENDED TO STAY."]

QUINCY ADAMS SAWYER

AND

MASON'S CORNER FOLKS

A PICTURE OF NEW ENGLAND HOME LIFE

BY

CHAS. FELTON PIDGIN

Boston C.M. CLARK PUBLISHING COMPANY 1905

REVISED EDITION

Respectfully dedicated to the Memory of the late HON JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL the perusal of whose famous poem "THE COURTIN" supplied the inspiration that led to the writing of this book.

AUTHOR'S PREFACE.

QUINCY ADAMS SAWYER'S only title was plain "Mr." His ancestors were tradesmen, merchants, lawyers, politicians, and Presidents. He, too, was proud of his honored ancestry, and I have endeavored in this book to have him live up to an ideal personification of gentlemanly qualities for which the New England standard should be fully as high as that of Old England; in fact, I see no reason why the heroes of American novels, barring the single matter of hereditary titles, should not compare favorably as regards gentlemanly attributes with their English cousins across the seas. C.F.P.

GRAY CHAMBERS, BOSTON, October, 1902.

CHAPTERS

I. The Rehearsal

II. Mason's Corner Folks

III. The Concert in the Town Hall

IV. Ancestry _versus_ Patriotism

V. Mr. Sawyer Meets Uncle Ike

VI. Some New Ideas

VII. "That City Feller"

VIII. City Skill _versus_ Country Muscle

IX. Mr. Sawyer Calls on Miss Putnam

X. Village Gossip

XI. Some Sad Tidings

XII. Looking for a Boarding Place

XIII. A Visit to the Victim

XIV. A Quiet Evening

XV. A Long Lost Relative

XVI. A Promise Kept

XVII. An Informal Introduction

XVIII. The Courtin'

XIX. Jim Sawyer's Funeral

XX. A Wet Day

XXI. Some More New Ideas

XXII. After the Great Snowstorm

XXIII. A Visit to Mrs. Putnam


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