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Southern Lights and Shadows
by Edited By William Dean Howells & Henry Mills Alden
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1894. Contents: Grace MacGowan Cooke, The Capture of Andy Proudfoot; Abby Meguire Roach, The Level of Fortune; Alice MacGowan, Pap Overholt; Mrs. B.F. Mayhew, In the Piny Woods; William L. Sheppard, My Fifth in Mammy; Sarah Barnwell Elliott, An Incident; M.E.M. Davis, A Snipe Hunt; J.J. Eakins, The Courtship of Colonel Bill; and Maurice Thompson, The Balance of Power. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
In the autobiographical part Mammy spread us a chilling feast of horrors, varied by the supernatural. Long years after this period I read a protest in some Southern paper against this practice in the nursery, with its manifest consequences on the minds of children. It set me to wondering how it was that the consequences in my day seemed inappreciable. I do not understand it now. Some of Mammy's stories would have been bonanzas to a police reporter of today; others would have bred emulation in Edgar Poe. And yet I do not recall any subsequent terrors.
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