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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 island…

“An American Family” By Rebecca Harding Davis This account of an ordinary American family, its fortunes and its growth was given to me by one of its members. It is more significant because it is so commonplace. The story is true, except in two…

Anne By Rebecca Harding Davis IT was a strange thing, the like of which had never before happened to Anne. In her matter-of fact, orderly life mysterious impressions were rare. She tried to account for it afterward by remembering that she had fallen…

"Asylums for the Insane." New-York Tribune, 28 Nov. 1868, p. 4. Within the current year, several cases have occurred which have directed the attention of thinking men to the mysterious places of confinement known as Asylums for the Insane. Prominent…

“At Bay”  By the Author of “The Second Life,” Etc., Etc.   CHAPTER 1. A hot day in Lyons, fifty years ago; the untampered light staring down between the steep, gambrel roofs into the close, dirty streets; the air, when it moved, heavy with the smell…

"At Our Gates." Independent, 11 April 1889, p. 3. THE readers of The Independent have no doubt seen in the daily papers the story of a workingman named Sillars, an industrious, sober fellow, with a wife and child dependant on him, who, losing his…

"At the Races." Youth's Companion, 26 Nov. 1874, p. 393.  “John!” “I hear you, mother.” “John, I—I wish to speak seriously to you, my son.” “Very well. I’m listening.” Little Mrs. Thurlow stood up, to give her words more weight. They did not seem to…

"Balacchi Brothers" “THERE’S a man, now, that has been famous in his time,” said Davidge as we passed the mill, glancing in at the sunny gap in the side of the building. I paused incredulously: Phil’s lion so often turned out to be Snug the joiner.…

 Chip Chip led a very quiet life until the occurrences of the remarkable adventures which have made him famous. He was the third son of a Sand-Martin—one of that ancient family of Sand-Martins which has lived for generations in a hill overlooking the…

Country Girls in Town IT was about ten years ago when I first saw Mary Carr. She was a woman of forty, healthy, resolute, keen of eye and sharp of tongue; with a firm belief in herself and very little belief in any other person or thing. She always…
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