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George Ade

The Fable of the Two Mandolin Players and His Willing Performer

A Débutante named Myrtle knew two Young Men named Fred and Eustace, who called on her every Thursday Evening and brought their Mandolins along. Fred's Cousin came from St. Paul on a Visit, and...

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The Fable of the Preacher Who Flew His Kite, But Not Because He Wished to Do So

A certain Preacher decided to hand out a little Guff to make everybody believe he was a Nobby and Boss Minister. On the following Sunday Morning the Preacher read a text that didn't mean anything...

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The Fable of the Parents Who Tinkered with the Offspring

A married Couple possessed two Boys named Joseph and Clarence. Joseph's parents kept him in the house and read to him about Little Rollo, who never lied or cheated. Little Joseph was kept away from...

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The Fable of the Man Who Didn't Care for Storybooks

Once there was a blue Dyspeptic who tried to kill time by reading novels, but discovered that all books of fiction were a mockery. 2. The book with the Author's Picture as a Frontispiece. The...

3 min read · Rating: G · Read story

The Fable of the Kid Who Shifted His Ideal

A Kind-Hearted Suburbanite saw an A.D.T. Kid weeping bitterly in front of a Show Window containing a Picture of James J. Jeffries and asked the Urchin why he was weeping. The Urchin replied that he...

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The new fable of the speedy sprite

Loretta, a rangy and well-conditioned Elfin of the Young Unmarried Set, went to the Kennel Club, entered the Chow Ki-Yi, and toyed with a Fruit Salad and Cocoa at a Tea Room. Loretta went to the...

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The new fable of the search for climate

A Gentleman who was all out of Kelter wanted to crawl into a dark Cellar with Fungus on the Walls and do the Shuffle. Once he spent a whole Summer in Merrie England, experimented sincerely with the...

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The new fable of the intermittent fusser

Once a grammar-school Rabbit, struggling from long Trousers toward his first brier-wood Pipe, had Growing Pains and diagnosed them as the pangs of True Love. He would take Lillian Russell by the...

12 min read · Rating: G · Read story