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A Scarlet Trail Of Murder

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At ten o'clock on Sunday morning, the twenty-second of October, 1882, in an abandoned house in the West Bottom of Kansas City, just a stone's throw from the stockyards, a fellow named Jasper Harrison did not wake up. His inability to do was the result of his having had his throat cut sometime during the previous night. At the same time, in the same location, in the very same house, another fellow, by the name of Eddie Kepler did wake up. Now, it is trying enough to wake up on a Sunday morning after getting drunk on Saturday night in a saloon on the other side of the state line. However, it is downright disconcerting to wake up beside a dead man, who is staring at you with hollow eyes and a very ugly scarlet gash across his throat. Therefore, Eddie staggered out into the blinding daylight and started hollering very loudly for the police. I know these things because by noon on that same day, I was kneeling down on the floor beside my new partner, the Reverend Mister Ezekiel Amos Black, and together we were examining the body of Mr. Jasper Harrison. Three weeks and nearly three thousand miles later, the Rev, as I have become accustomed to calling the Reverend Mister Black, had not only brought the murderer to justice but had helped solve several other murders and some very nasty deeds that stretched back over fifteen years. This story of mine, written in a manner that is appropriate to all members of your family, about the brainiest and downright strangest preacher and part-time Deputy US Marshal, is going to tell you how that all came about. And I am not going to be at all surprised if, after reading it, you will agree with me that Reverend Ezekiel Black was certainly one very smart man but, my goodness, was he a strange bird. James Watson, MD.


Catharine Parr Traill's The Female Emigrant's Guide

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What did you eat for dinner today? Did you make your own cheese? Butcher your own pig? Collect your own eggs? Drink your own home-brewed beer? Shanty bread leavened with hops-yeast, venison and wild rice stew, gingerbread cake with maple sauce, and dandelion coffee ? this was an ordinary backwoods meal in Victorian-era Canada. Originally published in 1855, Catharine Parr Traill's classic The Female Emigrant's Guide, with its admirable recipes, candid advice, and astute observations about local food sourcing, offers an intimate glimpse into the daily domestic and seasonal routines of settler life. This toolkit for historical cookery, redesigned and annotated in an edition for use in contemporary kitchens, provides readers with the resources to actively use and experiment with recipes from the original Guide. Containing modernized recipes, a measurement conversion chart, and an extensive glossary, this volume also includes discussions of cooking conventions, terms, techniques, and ingredients that contextualize the social attitudes, expectations, and challenges of Traill's world and the emigrant experience. In a distinctive and witty voice expressing her can-do attitude, Catharine Parr Traill's The Female Emigrant's Guide unlocks a wealth of information on historical foodways and culinary exploration.


Unmarked Trails

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This is a book for everyone who has encountered what the author calls deep-end experiences . . . challenges that cloud our outlook like the veiled gravity of deep water. Retirement was like that for journalist Jane Flink. She was addicted to the adrenalin rush of her 30-year career as reporter, photographer and editor, and as owner and publisher of a weekly newspaper. In 2001, in response to the incursions of relentless time, Flink and her husband, Dick, sold their newspaper and retired to a lake house in central Missouri. In her home office each week, Flink writes newspaper columns as she has for 20 years, employing wisdom, humor and a wealth of knowledge to seek identity in the unstructured world of retirement. If work is a complement to the well-lived life and the ticket to expectation, she writes, what is retirement -- a rocking chair, or an invitation to self-starters? This collection of essays was written between 2003 and 2006. Finding the contemplative life elusive, the author explores the comforting realities of everyday existence, the mysteries of creative vision, and the treasures that spring from unexplored territory. Page by page, Jane Flink leads her readers with gentle artistry toward the charting of their own unmarked trails.



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