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Qualla. “Whatever else you leave undone, see Qualla,” urged the friend who had persuaded us to an exploration of the North Carolinian mountains as he helped us aboard the train in Philadelphia. “Ride over some day to Casher’s Valley: you’ll…

Penny Dredfuls for All Is the free library, as it is now conducted, an unmixed blessing to any community? Most of our readers will be ready to send up a howl of derision in answer to such a question. We Americans usually are like Chinamen—any…

A Strange True Story Many years ago I knew of a woman whose life was as improbable as the plot of a dime romance. Her story was whispered about until it came to the ears of Mrs. Oliphant,[1] who promptly made a novel—one of her best—out of…

Men’s Rights.   I have always had a perverse inclination to the other side of the question, especially if there was little to be said for it. One hates to be smothered even under truth. What if all the world, as well as our senses, say that the…

”Why They Come to New England”[1] We come to New England because we find that the health of our family is much better during the rest of the year after our stay at Marion. Besides, my husband thinks the fishing here is unsurpassed and he delights…

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”Would Women Use the Ballot?”[1] Should the right of suffrage be extended to women, I am very sure that I for one should sit by the fire on election day while my cook and laundress voted. I do not believe that I should be any more conscientious…

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“Achill.” I wish to call the attention of the readers of THE INDEPENDENT to a pitiful story recently told by Mr. William O’Brien[1] in a letter to the English papers, and to their comments upon it. The story is that of Achill, a little rocky…

“The Best Fellow in the World.” I ought to apologize for bringing in an old acquaintance with such a flourish: for all of you know the Major, and have, very likely helped or been helped by him. You may see him any day just now on Broadway. He…

The Fatal Plunge The vehement controversy has been going on lately between some of our contemporaries as to the relative cost of living in different American cities. The newly-married couple with a small income are the objects of this anxious…

“Ability Misapplied” Vale, Madame Humbert! [1] The world, always keen-sighted and just in the long run, gave her something very like applause the other day as she went out of its sight into the darkness of her prison cell. No doubt she is a cheat…
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