The Graysons: A Story of Illinois

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Century Company, 1887 - Illinois - 362 pages

Edward Eggleston (December 10, 1837 - September 3, 1902) was an American historian and novelist.

Eggleston was born in Vevay, Indiana, to Joseph Cary Eggleston and Mary Jane Craig. The author George Cary Eggleston was his brother. As a child, he was too ill to regularly attend school, so his education was primarily provided by his father. He was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1856. He wrote a number of tales, some of which, especially the "Hoosier" series, attracted much attention. Among these are The Hoosier Schoolmaster, The Hoosier Schoolboy, The End of the World, The Faith Doctor, and Queer Stories for Boys and Girls.

Eggleston was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1893.

His boyhood home at Vevay, known as the Edward and George Cary Eggleston House, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

His summer home, Owl's Nest, in Lake George, New York, eventually became his year-round home. Eggleston died there in 1902, at the age of 64. Owl's Nest was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971. His daughter, the writer, Elizabeth Eggleston Seelye, was married to Elwyn Seelye, the founder of the New York State Historical Association. (


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Page 304 - Ye-es, ruther," gasped the witness, seeing a new pitfall yawning just ahead of him. "And yet light enough from the moon came through these thick beech-trees to let you know Tom Grayson?" "Yes." "And you could see him shoot?" "Yes." "And you full twenty feet away?" "Well, about that; nearly twenty, anyhow.
Page 304 - Dave now stood on his left foot. "And you could see what kind of a pistol it was?" This was said with a little laugh very exasperating to the witness. "Yes, I could," answered Dave, with dogged resolution not to be faced down.
Page 303 - How could you see Tom and know that it was he that fired, when the only light was nearly a mile away, and inside a circle of tents ? " " Saw by moonlight," said Sovine, snappishly, disposed to dash at any gap that offered a possible way of escape.
Page 306 - Lincoln appeared to be the only perfectly deliberate person in the room. He seemed disposed to protract the situation as long as possible. He held his victim on the rack and he let him suffer. He would turn a leaf or two in his pamphlet and then look up at the demoralized witness, as though to fathom the depth of his torture and to measure the result. At last he fixed his thumb firmly at a certain place on a page and turned his eyes to the judge. "Now, your Honor...
Page 302 - The witness answered combatively, and in this mood he made a better impression than he did on his direct examination. The prosecuting attorney looked relieved. Tom listened with an attention painful to see, his eyes moving anxiously from Lincoln to Dave as he wondered what point in Dave's armor the lawyer could be driving at. He saw plainly that his salvation was staked on some last throw. "You didn't have any candle in your hand, did you, at any time during the evening?
Page 306 - So remarkably sharp are this witness's eyes that he even saw what kind of a pistol the prisoner held in his hands and how the barrel was hung to the stock, and he is able to identify this pistol of Grayson's as precisely like and probably the identical weapon.
Page 94 - It is by some such only half-rational process that the most important questions of life are usually decided — sometimes luckily; in other cases, to the blighting of the whole life. Is it not rather a poor fist of a world after all, this in which we live, where the most critical and irrevocable decisions must be made while the inexperienced youth is tossed with gusts of passion and blinded by traditional prejudices or captivated by specious theories ? The selection of wives and vocations, the 'two...
Page 307 - August, when this extraordinary witness"— with a sneer at Dave, who had sunk down on a chair in exhaustion— "saw the shape of a pistol at twenty feet away, at 10 o'clock, by moonlight, the moon did not rise until half -past 1 in the morning.
Page 310 - Jedge, ain't you a-goin' to let him go now ? " There was a new movement of feeling, and the judge called Out, " Sheriff, order in court ! " But his voice was husky and tremulous. He took off his spectacles to wipe them, and he looked out of the window behind him, and put his handkerchief first to one eye, then to the other, before he put his...
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About the author (1887)

Edward Eggleston was born on December 10, 1837, in Indiana. He died on September 3, 1902 and was an American Historian and novelist. Eggleston wrote the "Hoosier" series of books: The Hoosier Schoolmaster, The Hoosier Schoolboy, The End of the World, and The Faith Doctor to name a few. he also wrote historical books including: A History of the United States and Its People (1888), The Beginners of a Nation (1896), The Transit of Civilization From England to America (1901), and New Centennial History of the United States (1904). Eggleston died at his home in Owl's Nest, Lake George, New York. Owl's Nest was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.

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