Around the Fire: Stories of Beginnings

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ISBN: 9781120158369
Publisher: iBooksPlace-1
Publication Date: 2009-09-24
Number of pages: 250
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This volume was published in 1912.

From the book's Foreword:

When the night is black about the campfire, and the flames
die down, and the half-burned embers fall into the ashes,
we look into the red chamber of romance and see the flicker-
ing shapes of the men of long ago. The silence deepens
and the world of today is swallowed up by that of a yester-
day older than history. The blood of Angle, Saxon and Jute,
Kelt and Slav, sings in our brains. Something touches our
eyes with a magic wand and we see at the heart of the fire
pictures of the world when man was young. The backlog
becomes a ruddy screen upon which pass and repass the
heroes who won a world for us by their courage and skill.

The world of these pictures was young. Everything had to
be learned, everything had to be won. But there were giants
in those days and the Revealer held the guiding torch. Slowly
but surely they wond mastery over harsh nature, savage
beasts, and even more savage men, but the greatest of all,
mastery over self.

And they were men and women of our own race. Their blood
runs in our veins. Their home was in Angeln, old England, the
low-lying land where they lingered for awhile before they
crossed the Great Water to build and empire on which the sun
never sets. Some of their names were passed down from
father to son and mother to daughter till they appeared in the
Doomsday Book of King William, where they can be seen now by
those who are curious.

Many of the animals who shared the forest primeval with man
in Old England have long since disappeared, but they have
left their bones in caves and peat bogs.

"How Men Found the Great Spirit" has been told about many
camp-fires. There has been a call for more stories of the
same kind. Here they are, and the writer hopes that others
who "see things at night" in the fire will enjoy them, and see
more for themselves.

H. M. Burr
- "The Pines"
Springfield, Mass, Dec, 1911


1. The Fire Spirit
2. The First Potter
3. The First Gang
4. The First Chief
5. The Smoke Way
6. The First Milkman
7. Rang, The Red man
8. Rang of the Thinking Hand
9. The First Sailor
10. The Garden of Ulma
11. Let, The First Artist
12. Sax, The First Musician
13. The Call of the Great Water
14. The Story of Lup
15. The Wooing of Senna
16. Hun, The Hunter of White Men
17. The Lake Dwellers
18. How Men Found the Great Spirit

"One of the finest collection of stories for boy's camps".*
.......* World Stories Retold for Modern Boys and Girls

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