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THE WHITE FEATHER. Retold from "Christian Non-Resistance," by Adin Ballou. Also told in "The Arm of God," Dunkerley. The names and the children are imaginary, but the essential details are all true.

ADVERTISING FOR A THIEF. The setting is imaginary. The story proper is retold from "Social Hours With Friends," by Mary S. Wood. The main events are true.


THE LONG TRAIL. Based on a news dispatch of a dog who actually made this journey.

THE INVINCIBLE LEADER. The outline of this story is told in "Letters to the Boston Courier" by Lydia Maria Child, and retold in "Christian Non-Resistance" by Adin Ballou and in "The Arm of God" by Dunkerley. The setting is imaginary but the principal events are true.


THE STORY OF A LETTER. The original letter is now in the hands of the writer of this story, Louella Passmore Hayes.

OLIVER CROMWELL AND GEORGE Fox; This incident is retold from George Fox's Journal, R. M. Jones edition, p. 212-214.

OUR WORD IS OUR KEEPER. Retold from Thomas Ellwood's Journal.

TRADING HORSES. The incident related is true although the setting and exact discourse are imaginary.

THE LAST BATTLE. Told very much as related by the late Joseph Jefferson.

THE MEETING THAT WOULD NOT BREAK UP. All the details of this story are authentic.

MAISIE'S FIRST MEETING. Retold and amplified from the true story of a little English girl published in The Friend, Phila.

THE OLD SCHOOLMASTER. Suggested by the story of Christopher Dock.

THE HIGHWAYMAN. A true incident in an imaginary setting. Retold from "Social Hours With Friends" by Mary S. Wood.

THE QUIET VOICE. Retold from John Woolman's Journal, Chapter I.

DADDY JOHN'S DEBT. A true incident. The names of the characters and the setting are fictitious.

THE SILVER TANKARD. The main incidents of this story are true and were printed in an early volume of the Friends' Intelligencer.

A COURAGEOUS VISITOR. The outline of this story is found in "The Life of Samuel J. Levick." He was thirty years old when this incident took place.

THE HUNGER FOR HAPPINESS. Retold from "The Life of Alice Freeman Palmer " by her husband, George Herbert Palmer.

THE LATCH STRING. All of the important events are true. Names of characters are fictitious.


MIND THE LIGHT. True in all the important details. The name of the hero and the place of the meeting are fictitious.

THE FOUR SOUS. A true story told by members of the Friends' Reconstruction Unit in France.

THE SILENT MEETING. A true story retold from Jane Johnson's "Early Impressions." Jacob Ritter later joined Friends' Meeting by convincement and became a prominent minister.

MARY PROUDE. Mary Proude was the mother of Gulielma Springett who was the wife of William Penn. She was the only child of Sir John Proude and was born on his large country place in Kent County, England about 1624. This incident occurred when she was about nine years old.

THE RESCUE. The essential details of this story are true and can be found in "Isaac T. Hopper, A True Life," by L. Maria Child.

A RIDE TOWARD WAR PAINT. A true story told from a number of sources. The name of Caleb Pusey is authentic. The other names are fictitious.

THE PLOW. Based on an anecdote told in John Comly's Journal. The names of Jesse Tate and Eli Powell, and minor details are imaginary.

THE SERMON IN THE WILDERNESS. The outline of this story is given in "Stephen Grellet, Ambassador for Christ" by William Kilching. Published for the Friends Tract Association, 1907.

THE BOY WHO CHOSE POVERTY. A true story of St. Francis of Assisi.

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In The Children's Story Garden. Stories collected by a committee of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting — Anna Pettit Broomell, Emily Cooper Johnson, Elizabeth W. Collins, Alice Hall Paxson, Annie Hillborn, and Anna D. White. Illustrated by Katharine Richardson Wireman and Eugénie M. Wireman. Published in 1920 by J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia.