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A Deal in Cotton

Long and long ago, when Devadatta was King of Benares, I wrote some tales concerning Strickland of the Punjab Police (who married Miss Youghal), and Adam, his son. Strickland has finished his Indian Service, and lives now at a place in England called Weston-super-Mare, where his wife plays the organ in one of the churches.

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The Amir’s Homily

His Royal Highness Abdur Rahman, Amir of Afghanistan, G.C.S.I., and trusted ally of Her Imperial Majesty the Queen of England and Empress of India, is a gentleman for whom all right-thinking people should have a profound regard. Like most other rulers, he governs not as he would but as he can, and the mantle of his authority covers the most turbulent race under the stars.

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Old Father Christmas

Part 19 of total 34 stories in series The Children's Book of Christmas Stories.

“The custom of Christmas-trees came from Germany. I can remember when they were first introduced into England, and what wonderful things we thought them. Now, every village school has its tree, and the scholars openly discuss whether the presents have been ‘good,’ or ‘mean,’ as compared with other trees in former years.

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Christmas at Fezziwig’s Warehouse

Part 1 of total 34 stories in series The Children's Book of Christmas Stories.

“Christmas at Fezziwig’s Warehouse”is a small excerpts from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” that was included in “The Children’s Book of Christmas Stories” collection. It tells about Mr. Fezziwig, who together with his wife, his daughters, his workers and with the others celebrate Christmas at Mr. Fezziwig’s warehouse.

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A Bank Fraud

He drank strong waters and his speech was coarse;
He purchased raiment and forebore to pay;
He struck a trusting junior with a horse,
And won Gymkhanas in a doubtful way.
Then, ‘twixt a vice and folly, turned aside
To do good deeds and straight to cloak them, lied.

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Two Servants

This story is of the time when Tilak Maharaj and Dadabhai Navroji used to live in England.

They both used to live together in a rented house. Dadabhai enjoyed doing various chores. He used to wake up early in the morning and clean the house, fill the water containers, polish the shoes and then he would take a shower and continue with his daily duties. Everything would be neat and clean by the time Tilak Maharaj woke up.

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His Other Self

“They’re as like as two peas, him and ‘is brother,” said the night- watchman, gazing blandly at the indignant face of the lighterman on the barge below; “and the on’y way I know this one is Sam is because Bill don’t use bad langwidge. Twins they are, but the likeness is only outside; Bill’s ‘art is as white as snow.”

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The Australian Grasshopper

Part 133 of total 177 stories in series Fantastic Fables.

A Distinguished Naturalist was travelling in Australia, when he saw a Kangaroo in session and flung a stone at it. The Kangaroo immediately adjourned, tracing against the sunset sky a parabolic curve spanning seven provinces, and evanished below the horizon.

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The Mirror

Part 45 of total 177 stories in series Fantastic Fables.

A Silken-Eared Spaniel, who traced his descent from King Charles the Second of England, chanced to look into a mirror which was leaning against the wainscoting of a room on the ground floor of his mistress’s house. Seeing his reflection, he supposed it to be another dog, outside, and said:

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