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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales, by Francis A. Durivage 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.org Title: The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales Author: Francis A. Durivage Release Date: February 3, 2006 [EBook #17669] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE THREE BRIDES, LOVE IN A *** Produced by Barbara Tozier, Bill Tozier, Sankar Viswanathan, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net THE THREE BRIDES, LOVE IN A COTTAGE, AND OTHER TALES BY FRANCIS A. DURIVAGE. BOSTON: SANBORN, CARTER, BAZIN & CO., 25 & 29 CORNHILL. Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1853, by F.A. DURIVAGE, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts. TO MY MOTHER, THE FIRST TO ENCOURAGE MY EFFORTS, AND THE MOST INDULGENT OF MY CRITICS, THIS VOLUME IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED. PREFACE. The volume here submitted to the public is composed of selections from my contributions to the columns of the American press. The stories and sketches were written, most of them, in the intervals of relaxation from more serious labor and the daily business of life; and they would be suffered to disappear in the Lethe that awaits old magazines and newspapers, had not their extensive circulation, and the partial judgment of friends,--for I must not omit the stereotyped plea of scribblers,--flattered me that their collection in a permanent form would not prove wholly unacceptable. Some of these articles were published anonymously, or under the signature of "The Old 'Un," and have enjoyed the honor of adoption by persons having no claim to their paternity; and it seems time to call home and assemble these vagabond children under the paternal wing. The materials for the tale
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