Category Archives: Adventure

Alex the Parrot-guin by Roy Trumbull Ch19

Ch19 An End and a Beginning

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Alex the Parrot-guin by Roy Trumbull Ch20

Ch20 Family Life

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An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

This story begins as a southern civilian is about to be executed during the Civil War. It is one of the best known Ambrose Bierce stories.

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Cabellero’s Way by O. Henry

As a child, on radio and later television I knew the Cisco Kid as “O. Henry’s famous Robin Hood of the old west.” The character only appears in one story and this is it. He is more infamous than famous. … Continue reading

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Calamity Jane by Martha Cannary Burke

There were many western heroes, real and imagined. Martha Cannary Burk was the woman known as Calamity Jane. She was so deadly with a gun that the highway bandits let her go by when she was an express rider. She … Continue reading

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Ch12 Myths and Legends

Ch12 The Last Revel At Printz Hall A fiddler teases the owner of a haunted mansion in front of witnesses. The man offers him the job as caretaker. Not wishing to lose face the fiddler accepts. The Printz Hall of … Continue reading

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Ch13 Myths and Legends

Ch13 The White Mountains Stories and legends associated with the White Mountains

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Goodbye Jack by Jack London

Jack Kersdale is a self made man born of missionary stock in Hawaii. He is smart and, as we learn early in the story, undoubtedly brave. So how could a beautiful woman waving goodbye from a departing ship bring him … Continue reading

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Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling

A classic poem in dialect by Rudyard Kipling about a regimental water boy in India. I think I first heard it when I was in elementary school

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Hobos That Pass In The Night by Jack London

This is an autobiographical story by London from his book “The Road”. It tells the hard reality of being dragged from trains, freezing in the wind while hanging between cars, and of being run out of towns by the local … Continue reading

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How Six Men Traveled Through The World

Long before there were comic books there were fairy tales. Some of them had what would later be called Super Heroes. In this tale we start out with a discharged soldier who has less than a cent in his pocket. … Continue reading

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Jeff Briggs Love Story by Bret Harte

Jeff Briggs is the proprietor of a wayside inn, the Half-way House. One night during a violent storm stagecoach driver Yuba Bill and a male passenger come in. The man’s wife and daughter are still in the coach which is … Continue reading

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Lost Face by Jack London

Subienkow is the last of a party of brutal fur thieves slated to die by torture. He plays a high handed game of verbal poker with his captures to control his fate.

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Make Westing by Jack London

The Mary Rogers was stuck for seven weeks at 50 degrees south off Cape Horn trying to pick up the wind that would carry her up the Pacific. The captain was desperate. The price for the wind was one life … Continue reading

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Mliss by Bret Harte

In the mining town of Smith’s Pocket Mliss (Melissa) has grown up without a mother and with a drunk for a father. She shows up at the school house and announces she wants an education. Between Mliss and the school … Continue reading

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Pap’s Pinto by Frank Bird Linderman

Two hunters have had their pack horses run off. While sitting at their camp fire that night an old prospector joins them. He’s tried horses for packing and after much grief came to appreciate burros. He tells the tale of … Continue reading

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The Bones of Kahekili by Jack London

This short story was part of a collection published after Jack London’s death in 1916. The story is set in Hawaii in the year 1880. I’ve broken it into two parts. In the first we are introduced to Hardman Pool … Continue reading

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The Dragon and His Grandmother

Three soldiers, who have deserted their army, are in danger of either hanging or starving. Having little choice, they sign on as a dragon’s servants.

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The Glass Mountain

A fairy tale from Poland. An enchanted princess lives in a castle atop a glass mountain. She is surrounded by gold and fine jewels. Naturally all the knights in the realm want to rescue her. They attempt this by charging … Continue reading

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The Hollow Nickel

The arrest in 2010 of a group of Russian spies reminded me of a classic case from the 1950s. It all started when a newsboy accidentally received a hollow nickel containing a microphotograph. This story comes from the FBI’s classic … Continue reading

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