Bohemian Days Three American Tales
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Bohemian DaysBohemian Days, by Geo. Alfred TownsendThe Project Gutenberg EBook of Bohemian Days, by Geo. Alfred Townsend This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give itMoreBohemian DaysBohemian Days, by Geo. Alfred TownsendThe Project Gutenberg EBook of Bohemian Days, by Geo. Alfred Townsend This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.orgTitle: Bohemian Days Three American TalesAuthor: Geo. Alfred TownsendRelease Date: September 15, 2006 [EBook #19288]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ISO-8859-1*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK BOHEMIAN DAYS ***Produced by Bethanne M. Simms, Dave Macfarlane and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.netBOHEMIAN DAYS*Three American Tales*BY GEO. ALFRED TOWNSEND GATHAnd David arose and fled to Gath. And he changed his behavior. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented gathered themselves unto him. And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.H. CAMPBELL & CO., Publishers, NO. 21 PARK ROW, NEW YORKEntered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1880, By GEO. ALFRED TOWNSEND, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.THE BURR PRINTING HOUSE AND STEAM TYPE-SETTING OFFICE, Cor. Frankfort and Jacob Sts., NEW YORK.TO TEN FRIENDS AT DINNER,GILSEY HOUSE, NEW YORK,APRIL 21, 1879WHO MADE THIS PUBLICATIONA PROMISE AND AN OBLIGATION.PREFACE.So far from the first tale in this book being of political motive, it was written among the subjects of it, and read to several of them in 1864. Perhaps the only souvenir of refugee and skedaddler life abroad during the war ever published, its preservation may one day be useful in the socialistic archives of the South, to whose posterity slavery will seem almost a mythical thing. With as little bias in the second tale, I have etched the young Northern truant abroad during the secession. The closing tale, more recently written, in the midst of constant toil and travel, is an attempt to recall an old suburb, now nearly erased and illegible by the extension of a great city, and may be considered a home American picture about contemporary with the European tales.CONTENTS.SHORT NOVELS.THE REBEL COLONY IN PARIS 13MARRIED ABROAD 99THE DEAF MAN OF KENSINGTON 155CHORDS.BOHEMIA 9LITTLE GRISETTE 93THE PIGEON GIRL 149THE DEAD BOHEMIAN 279BOHEMIA.The farther I do grow from La Bohme, The more I do regret that foolish shame Which made me hold it something to conceal, And so I did myself expatriate For in my pulses and my feet I feel That wayward realm was still my own estate Wise wagged our tongues when the dear nights grew late, And quainter, clearer, rose our quick conceits, And pure and mutual were our social sweets. Oh! ever thus convivial round the gate Of Letters have the masters and the young Loitered away their enterprises great, Since Spenser revelled in the halls of state, And at his tavern rarest Jonson sung.