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The Hindered Hand - or, The Reign of the Repressionist

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Title: The Hindered Hand
or, The Reign of the Repressionist
Author: Sutton E. Griggs
Illustrator: Robert E. Bell
Release Date: February 11, 2008 [EBook #24577]
Language: English
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"Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God."
THE
HINDERED HAND:
OR, THE REIGN OF THE
REPRESSIONIST.
BY
SUTTON E. GRIGGS.
THIRD EDITION—REVISED.
AMS PRESS
NEW YORK


Reprinted from a copy in the New York Public Library
Schomburg Collection
From the edition of 1905, Nashville
First ams edition published 1969
Manufactured in the United States of America
Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number: 77-100533
AMS PRESS, INC.
New York, N.Y. 10003 D E D I C A T I O N .
To a devoted father, of rugged strength of character,
and, withal, pre-eminently a man
of peace, and to a loving mother,
ever tender and serene of soul—
To these twin moulders of the hearthside, who
have ever been anxious that their children
should contribute naught but what is
good to the world, this volume ...
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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Hindered Hand,
by Sutton E. Griggs
This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no
cost and with
almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it,
give it away or
re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg
License included
with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org
Title: The Hindered Hand
or, The Reign of the Repressionist
Author: Sutton E. Griggs
Illustrator: Robert E. Bell
Release Date: February 11, 2008 [EBook #24577]
Language: English
*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK
THE HINDERED HAND ***
Produced by Suzanne Shell, Victoria Woosley and the
OnlineOnline
Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net
"Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon
stretch out her hands unto God."
THE
HINDERED HAND:
OR,
THE REIGN OF THE
REPRESSIONIST.
BY
SUTTON E. GRIGGS.
THIRD EDITION—REVISED.
AMS PRESS
NEW YORK

Reprinted from a copy in the New York Public Library
Schomburg Collection
From the edition of 1905, Nashville
First ams edition published 1969
Manufactured in the United States of America
Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number: 77-
100533
AMS PRESS, INC.
New York, N.Y. 10003
D E D I C A T I O N .
To a devoted father, of rugged strength of character,
and, withal, pre-eminently a man
of peace, and to a loving mother,
ever tender and serene of soul—
To these twin moulders of the hearthside, who
have ever been anxious that their children
should contribute naught but what is
good to the world, this volume is
most affectionately dedicated
by their son,
THE AUTHOR.
SOLEMNLY ATTESTED.
Upon a matter of such tremendous importance to theAmerican people as is the subject herein treated, it is
perhaps due our readers to let them know how much
of fact disports itself through these pages in the garb
of fiction.
We beg to say that in no part of the book has the
author consciously done violence to conditions as he
has been permitted to view them, amid which
conditions he has spent his whole life, up to the
present hour, as an intensely absorbed observer.
If in any of these pages the reader comes across that
which puts him in a mood to chide, may the author not
hope that the wrath aroused be not wasted upon the
inconsequential painter, but directed toward the
landscape that forced the brush into his hand,
stretched the canvas, and shouted in irresistible tones:
"Write!"
Very respectfully,
Sutton E. Griggs.
Nashville, Tenn., May, 1905.
ILLUSTRATIONS.
BY ROBERT E. BELL.
Pages.
"The young woman looked into his face" 20-21
"Her pretty brown eyes nestling" 24-25"Name me as I was named" 40-41
"The rock battle was now on" 54-55
"What do they take me to be" 86-87
"Yer air jes' a plain, orternary liah" 114-115
"Poor Bud, her helpless husband" 134-135
"To and fro the two men swayed" 164-165
"Is it a crime for me?" 174-175
"I have tellerphoned 'round the world" 184-185
"She made a flag of truce" 188-189
"Don't circumscribe the able, noble souls" 234-235
"We machine men in the South" 258-259
"Ensal bent forward and kissed Tiara" 290-291
CONTENTS.
PAGE
.
CHAPTER I.
OCCURRENCES THAT PUZZLE 11
CHAPTER II.
HIS FACE WAS HER GUIDE 19
CHAPTER III.
WHEREIN FORESTA FIRST APPEARS 24
CHAPTER IV.
THE WAYS OF A SEEKER AFTER FAME 30CHAPTER V.
RATHER LATE IN LIFE TO BE STILL NAMEL
36
ESS
CHAPTER VI.
FRIENDLY ENEMIES 46
CHAPTER VII.
OFFICERS OF THE LAW 53
CHAPTER VIII.
A MESSENGER THAT HESITATES 62
CHAPTER IX.
A PLOTTER IS HE 67
CHAPTER X.
ARABELLE SEABRIGHT 72
CHAPTER XI.
UNUSUAL FOR A MAN 77
CHAPTER XII.
A HONEYMOON OUT OF THE USUAL ORDE
82
R
CHAPTER XIII.
SHREWD MRS. CRAWFORD 88
CHAPTER XIV.
ALENE AND RAMON 94
CHAPTER XV.
UNEXPECTED DEVELOPMENTS 99
CHAPTER XVI.
AN EAGER SEARCHER 108CHAPTER XVII.
PECULIAR DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS 113
CHAPTER XVIII.
MISTS THAT VANISH 117
CHAPTER XIX.
THE FUGITIVES FLEE AGAIN 122
CHAPTER XX.
THE BLAZE 129
CHAPTER XXI.
PLANNING TO ACT 138
CHAPTER XXII.
THE TWO PATHWAYS 142
CHAPTER XXIII.
THEY GRAPPLE 162
CHAPTER XXIV.
OUT OF JOINT WITH HIS TIMES 167
CHAPTER XXV.
A JOYFUL FAREWELL 178
CHAPTER XXVI.
GUS MARTIN 182
CHAPTER XXVII.
TIARA MYSTIFIES US 187
CHAPTER XXVIII.
POOR FELLOW! 191
CHAPTER XXIX.A REVELATION 195
CHAPTER XXX.
MR. A. HOSTILITY 201
CHAPTER XXXI.
TWO OF A KIND 206
CHAPTER XXXII.
WORKING AND WAITING 214
CHAPTER XXXIII.
BACK IN ALMAVILLE 220
CHAPTER XXXIV.
A GREAT DAY IN COURT 224
CHAPTER XXXV.
EUNICE! EUNICE! 240
CHAPTER XXXVI.
ENTHUSIASTIC JOHN BLUE 252
CHAPTER XXXVII.
POSTPONING HIS SHOUT OF TRIUMPH 265
CHAPTER XXXVIII.
HE CANNOT, BUT HE DOES! 269
CHAPTER XXXIX.
A SON OF THE NEW SOUTH 276
CHAPTER XL.
SORROW AND GLADNESS 289
TUNING THE LYRE.In the long ago when the earth was in process of
formation, it must have been that those forces of
nature most expert in the fashioning of the beautiful
were ordered to come together as collaborators and
give to the world Almaville!
Journeying toward the designated spot, they halted on
the outskirts of the site of the contemplated city, and
tossed up a series of engirdling hills, whose slopes
and crests covered with verdure might afford in the
days to come a beautiful sight to the inhabitants when
riding forth to get a whiff of country air. These same
forces of nature, evidently in love with their work,
arranged, it seems, for all the beautiful clouds with
their varying hues to pass in daily review over the
head of the city to be born.
In all that appertains to physical excellence Almaville
was made attractive, and somewhere, perhaps behind
yon hills, the forces rested until man set his foot upon
the soil and prepared to build. They so charged the air
and all the environments with the spirit of the beautiful,
that the men who later wrought in building the city
found themselves the surprised and happy creators of
a lovely habitation.
On an eminence crowning the center of the area
whereon the city is planted, the State has builded its
capitol, and from the tower thereof one can see the
engaging network of streets, contemplate the splendid
architecture of the buildings, and gaze upon the noble
trees that boldly line the sidewalks, and thus testify
that they are not afraid of civilization.

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