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Oaths of the Secret Order Paramount to All Other Obligations
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Excerpt from Oaths of the Secret Order Paramount to All Other Obligations: Seizure of Arms and Munitions of War Do you remember, my friends, those winter evenings when I sat with you in a certain pleasant library in New York, and listened with attentive ears while you discoursed of past experiences in Eastern lands? Do you remember how, with maps spread out upon the table, you recalled each familiar scene, and introduced me, novice as I was, into the porch of that temple of historical and sacred lore in which you were already devotees? "Always worship the rising sun," was the worldly-wise maxim of an old nurse, who exercised a vast influence upon my childhood; and recalling this favorite proverb of my early oracle, I set myself diligently to the study and comprehension of that mystical secret which makes the Orient a charmed land. In El Fureidis, you behold the result. Some of the poems and stories in this book have appeared in The Dial, Harper's Bazar, The Little Review, The Nation, Cartoons Magazine, Poetry, A Magazine of Verse, The New York Globe, The Bookman, Vanity Fair, The Measure and The Double Dealer. Some of the poems and stories in this book have appeared in The Dial, Harper's Bazar, The Little Review, The Nation, Cartoons Magazine, Poetry, A Magazine of Verse, The New York Globe, The Bookman, Vanity Fair, The Measure and The Double Dealer. St. Louis, Mo., February 9, 1904. Mr. W.K. Bixby, St. Louis, Mo. My Dear Mr. Bixby: In disposing to you of the book of poems of the late Eugene Field entitled "My Book," I have parted with a most rare treasure, but I know that in passing into your hands, it finds an owner appreciative of its value and of the author, and worthy of its proprietorship. During our long friendship and association, which began in 1873, we had exchanged many courtesies, and wanting to do something for me, he conceived the idea of dedicating to me this book. He began it in 1887, and worked in it from time to time until 1888. During that year while on a visit from my home in Montana, I visited him in Chicago, at which time he showed me the book. Seventeen Hundred and Forty-Four! George the Second on the throne of England, "snuffy old drone from the German hive"; Charles Edward Stuart ("bonnie Prince Charlie") making ready for his great coup which, the next year, was to cast down said George from the throne and set Charles Edward thereupon as "rightful, lawful prince - for wha'll be king but Charlie?," and which ended in Culloden and the final downfall and dispersion of the Scottish Stuarts. In France, Louis XV., Lord of Misrule, shepherding his people toward the Abyss with what skill was in him; at war with England, at war with Hungary; Frederick of Prussia alone standing by him. In Europe, generally, a seething condition which is not our immediate concern. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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