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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Writing in , I said, as the reader will see on page 66, that George Orcutt did not tell how he used a magnifying power of Nor did I choose to tell then, hoping that in some fortunate winter I might be able myself to repeat his process, greatly to the convenience of astronomers who have not Alvan Clark's resources at hand, or who have to satisfy themselves with glass lenses of fifteen inches, or even thirty, in diameter.

But no such winter has come round to me, and I will now give Orcutt's invention to the world. He had unlimited freezing power. So have we now, as we had not then. With this power he made an ice lens, ten feet in diameter, which was easily rubbed, by the delicate hands of the careful women around him, to precisely the surface which he needed.

Let me hope that before next winter passes some countryman or countrywoman of mine will have equalled his success, and with an ice lens will surpass all the successes of the glasses of our time. The parsonage in that city commanded a view of a "lot" not built on, which would have given for many years a happy home to any disciple of Mayor Pingree, if a somewhat complicated social order had permitted.

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The story was first published in Frank Leslie's illustrated paper. In reading it in , I am afraid that the readers of a hard, money generation may not know that "scrip" was in the sixties the name for small change.


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I regard a knowledge of every detail of the original Robinson Crusoe as well-nigh a necessity in education. Girls may occasionally be excused, but never boys. It ought to be unnecessary, therefore, to say that some of the narrative passages of Crusoe in New York are taken, word for word, from the text of Defoe.

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The idea of a mid 19th C. On top of that the technology is ridiculous, but it doesn't matter because Hale is very tongue in cheek.

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Worth a look as a curiosity. Some of the other stories in the book are rather better. While wandering about he discovers a forgotten scrap of land hidden behind a bui The idea of a mid 19th C. While wandering about he discovers a forgotten scrap of land hidden behind a building.

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Concealing the entrance behind some boards he then scavenges materials and proceeds to build himself a tiny but snug hidden dwelling. Oct 24, Jon rated it it was ok. The titular story is mostly of interest as a historic relic of speculative fiction indeed, it's why I read the collection. The Lost Palace is pretty fun, again speculative fiction but very near-term. Sort of like Stephenson in that regard. Most of the others are Christmas or Thanksgiving stories roughly equivalent to This Year's Christmas TV Special, overtly emotional even manipulative, although not effectively so and very forgettable.

Of these, Thanksgiving at the Polls Wildly inconsistent. Of these, Thanksgiving at the Polls is at least amusing, and any Bostonian will get a kick out of the plot device in 99 Linwood Street. I sought this out because of the story 'The Brick Moon', which is an early tale about the creation of an artificial satellite for navigation purposes which ends up being accidentally launched with people aboard. The science is very dated, but imaginative for the time. The other stories are entertaining in their own way, though all suffered from rather abrupt endings.

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My favourite was '99 Linwood Street', a cute fable about how the people of Boston rallied around to help a lost traveller. I obt I sought this out because of the story 'The Brick Moon', which is an early tale about the creation of an artificial satellite for navigation purposes which ends up being accidentally launched with people aboard. I obtained this free ebook from Project Gutenberg. Jun 12, Colin Rafferty rated it it was ok. Interesting in the sense that any very old science fiction book is interesting, but tedious to read, like most early science fiction.

Too many facts, and not enough story.