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The Van Dwellers by Albert Bigelow Paine

THE VAN DWELLERS

by

ALBERT BIGELOW PAINE

[Illustration: "WELL, AND WHEN DID YEZ ORDER IT TURNED ON?"--_Frontispiece_.]

THE VAN DWELLERS

A Strenuous Quest for a Home

by

ALBERT BIGELOW PAINE

Author of "The Bread Line"

[Illustration]

_"We were strangers and they took us in"_

New York J. F. Taylor & Company 1901

Copyright, 1901 by J. F. Taylor & Company

_TO THOSE_

WHO HAVE LIVED IN FLATS

_TO THOSE_

WHO ARE LIVING IN FLATS

_AND TO THOSE_

WHO ARE THINKING OF

LIVING IN FLATS

Contents.

PAGE

I. The First Home in the Metropolis. 1

II. Metropolitan Beginnings. 13

III. Learning by Experience. 28

IV. Our First Move. 45

V. A Boarding House for a Change. 60

VI. Pursuing the Ideal. 72

VII. Owed to the Moving Man. 86

VIII. Household Retainers. 88

IX. Ann 104

X. A "Flat" Failure. 114

XI. Inheritance and Mania. 133

XII. Gilded Affluence. 153

XIII. A Home at Last. 177

XIV. Closing Remarks. 183

I.

_The First Home in the Metropolis._

We had never lived in New York. This fact will develop anyway, as I proceed, but somehow it seems fairer to everybody to state it in the first sentence and have it over with.

Still, we had heard of flats in a vague way, and as we drew near the Metropolis the Little Woman bought papers of the train boy and began to read advertisements under the head of "Flats and Apartments to Let."


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