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 master it is a question of who is teaching whom. This story so captivated the young Rudyard Kipling that when he left India to go to London he came by way of San Francisco. In his visit to the gold country he fancied he saw young girls who were the image of Mliss. The text for this story may be found at Search authors for Harte, Bret.

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