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Douglas Malloch 1877-1938
Tote-Road and Trail: Ballads of the Lumberjack  ~ 1917 ~ Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co ~ Illustrated by Oliver Kemp. 172 pages, six color plates ~ "He sings of the open, of hard work..of exposure..of rough living and rough loving. It is verse which belongs to..the strong-armed school.. a healthy antidote to the softening tendencies which creep in with an age that loves luxury too well"
Tote-Road and Trail colour plate by Oliver Kemp
Someone To Care ~ 1925 ~ NY: Wise Parslow Co 
DOUGLAS MALLOCH (1877 - 1938) American poet and syndicate writer
Malloch's name has become a familiar one to many thousands of men who range the forests, or fell the trees.  Malloch’s philosophy is the philosophy of contentment.
Malloch Quotes:
"The biggest liar in the world is They say."
"Courage is to feel the daily daggers of relentless steel and keep on living."
"It isn't by size that you win or fail -- be the best of whatever you are."
"Men look to the East for the dawning things, for the light of a raising sun 
But they look to the West, to the crimson West, for the things that are done, are done."
 “We all dream of great deeds and high positions, away from the pettiness and humdrum of ordinary life. Yet success is not occupying a lofty place or doing conspicuous work; it is being the best that is in you. Rattling around in too big a job is worse than filling a small one to overflowing. Dream, aspire by all means; but do not ruin the life you must lead by dreaming pipe dreams of the one you would like to lead. Make the most of what you have and are. Perhaps your trivial, immediate task is your one sure way of proving your mettle. Do the thing near at hand, and great things will come to your hand to be done.” - Douglas Malloch
Be the Best of Whatever You Are
If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley-but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can't be a tree.

If you can't be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can't be a muskie then just be a bass-
But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can't all be captains, we've got to be crew,
There's something for all of us here,
There's big work to do, and there's lesser to do,
And the task you must do is the near.

If you can't be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can't be the sun be a star;
It isn't by size that you win or you fail-

Be the best of whatever you are!
Alternate ANAGRAM Version
If hunger makes you so abnormally fat
The buffet throws you back to the street -
Being tubby is tough but we can't all be buff!
Take a bath with a bucket of sweets!

If you have to act sheepishly in the bed
As you carry a three-incher bone -
It's wee as the Hobbit but it isn't a 'Bobbitt'!
Just a head-job can cause her to moan!

If an army of thousands approaches the stand
While you're shot in the eye - have no fear!
See, your life be saved if you try to be brave -
Beat it up with a belt and good cheer!

(A high life in a bubble, I bluntly reveal,
Is unable to sweeten the pill.
These theories shatter because size DOES matter -
As long as the globe turns, it will.)

It's Fine Today
by Douglas Malloch

Sure, this world is full of trouble
I ain't said it ain't.
Lord, I've had enough and double 
Reason for complaint;
Rain and storm have come to fret me,
Skies are often gray;
Iloms and brambles have beset me
On the road-but say,
Ain't it fine today?

What's the use of always weepin',
Making trouble last?
What's the use of always keepin'
Thinkin' of the past?
Each must have his tribulation-
Water with his wine;
Life, it ain't no celebration,
Trouble?-I've had mine-
But today is fine!

It's today that I am livin',
Not a month ago.
Havin'; losin'; takin'; givin';
As time wills it so.
Yesterday a cloud of sorrow 
Fell across the way,
It may rain again tomorrow,
It may rain-but say,
Ain't it fine today?

 The Round River Drive: Online Poems:
Michigan State Song by Malloch
George Barr McCutcheon 1866-1928
Cowardice Court
From the Housetops
Jane Cable
Oliver October
The Daughter of Anderson Crow
The Flyers
The Man from Brodneys
The Prince of Graustark
The Purple Parasol 1905
The Rose in the Ring 1910
The Sharrods
Viola Gwyn

George Barr McCutcheon was born in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, in 1866 to John Barr McCutcheon and Clara Glick. His father was never formally educated, but he was considered a literary man nonetheless. He surrounded himself and his family with all the classic novels of the day. George and his younger brother John were writers from childhood. They continually wrote and produced plays for the neighborhood children.  John Barr McCutcheon had several different jobs throughout his son’s life, which took him to different parts of the county, including Manager of Commissary at Purdue University and Deputy Sheriff of Tippecanoe County in Lafayette. After high school, George attended   Purdue, where he met and roomed with the noted Indiana humorist George Ade. While editor of the Lafayette Daily Courier, McCutcheon wrote a serialized novelette entitled The Wired End: A Summer Story,  which satirized life on the Wabash River.  McCutcheon did not publish his first novel, a fantasy titled Graustark, until 1901. This novel began the series for which he is most famous. He was terribly frustrated his whole life at being classified as a "romantic" writer because of this series, as his true love was writing  plays. Many of his later works began as plays and were adapted to novel form. He moved to Chicago in 1901, and in the next two years published Brewster’s Millions and The Sherrods. Several of McCutcheon's works have strong ties to Indiana landscapes. McCutcheon's writings can be used to understand the ways people were changed as a result of the land, and how the land was changed through the actions of people in the early twentieth century. He relates the wild, uncultivated state of the land and the swift change to its present state.
Tales from McClure's (5 volumes) 

A typical issue of McClure's Magazine
November 1902
Elsie McCormick
Audacious Angles on China ~ 1923 ~ NY:London: D.Appleton and Company 306 pages 
13 illustrations, glossary ~ Delightful book filled with humorous vignettes of life in China by an American woman, who was a Shanghai resident. Covers rickshas, trams, trains, customs, beggars, chinese chauffeurs, suicide(!), millinery, boats, why no-one loves chinese tailors, jade craze, Chinese jazz, Chinese ghosts, sing-song girls, shopping in all the best places and plenty of comments on life in China at the turn of the century

The Unexpurgated Diary of a Shanghai Baby ~ 1923 ~ Shanghai 
Tales of Old China : Many online Texts:
Womens' Secret Language
1907 Elsie McCormick in costume as Lady Baldwin by Reynolds for a Pageant VivantElsie McCormick (an American woman, who was a Shanghai resident) states in Audacious Angles on China that "in Shanghai, a person may enter practically any restaurant or cafe and merely inscribe his name and address on a slip of paper" in settlement of the account. Either this learned lady was in Shanghai prior to the depression or we'd like to get a list of the cabarets and cafes that she visited for future reference. In the hallowed past, we are told that this condition prevailed, and that it was an unusual thing for a foreigner to carry actual cash with him. That some personal chits (China side for I0U) had all of the validity with persons who knew the signer of the chit or his reputation, of cash itself, and that such were passed from hand to hand like banknotes. This sounds like something out of Paul Bunyan to us, but be that as it may, as Allot harriet used to say, chits are off the gold standard today. Many chits are signed, this is true, and some of them are even collected, but the Golden Era for the man who says "Thank God, thats paid!" as he does an autograph for the table-boy, is definitely over. Nowadays, cash gets amiable benevolance, a check gets a wintry smile and a chit gets Oriental malevolance.

The lady writer goes on to say (regarding the chit) that they "have no way of checking up on it, nor does they attempt to do so" simply filing it away. Well, our only thought in regard to this is that she should see the wordy research conferences that go on outside while the chit signer is drawing on his gloves and getting ready to go. Corrugated foreheads peer from behind curtains or screens and everyone down to the cigarette boy Is included upon an extemporaneously organized Board of Inquiry into the subject's affluence.

France Since the First Empire
F. J. McIsaac  1880-1942
The Tony Sarg Marionette Book ~ 1921 ~ B. W. Huebsch, Inc. ~ illustrated by Tony Sarg; text by F.J. McIsaac; with two plays for homemade marionettes, by Anne Stoddard.~ 57 pages

Sarg's Rip Van Winkle marionetteTony Sarg, with a German father and British mother, was born in Guatemala in 1880. He served in the German army but then moved to England where he developed an interest in marionettes and attempted to find out more about them. In his address to those present at the first National Puppetry Conference in Detroit in 1936 he told of his early experiences of trying to learn about puppetry in those secretive days. He followed the Holden troupe (relatives of the Middletons) around the various London Music houses of the time. Once he bribed his way  backstage and posed as a stage hand only to be   frustrated when a curtain was  pulled around the marionette  stage to prevent even those backstage from seeing what  was going on. After that he  attended every performance out front and sat in the front  row and lay on the floor so as to be able to see what the puppeteers were doing. In 1915 Tony emigrated to America with his American wife and daughter and in time the Tony Sarg Marionettes toured widely and became relatively famous. He died in 1942. Many of our best puppeteers, such as Rufus and Margo Rose, and Bil Baird, were to get their start with the Sarg organization. Sarg wrote a book (The Tony Sarg Marionette Book) which was widely distributed  in the 20's. Other books at the time were by Helen Haiman Joseph and Edith Flack Ackley. There was little more. When I was a boy this was about it for information,   those three books and little else. A marionette show did come to my school every year (my first exposure) but there was no contact with the operators, and it was delightful, but very much a mystery. So to even know what a puppet was in those days simply meant that somehow you had to have seen one of the few shows traveling about and had been inspired. To develop any knowledge or skills you simply used your imagination. There was to be no help.Sarg was a major figure in American puppet history, employing and training future generations of professional puppeteeran and inspiring many hobby puppeteers as well.

McKay's Handy Dictionary - English & Norwegian
McKay's English - Norwegian and Engelsk - Norsk Dictionary by B. Berulfsen and H. Scavenius
Mckay's Modern Danish-English,English-Danish Dictionary
McKay's Modern Portuguese-English and English-Portuguese Dictionary 
McKay's English-Polish/Polish-English Dictionary 
McKay's Modern German-English and English-German Dictionary
J. McLaughlin and Arthur Angeli
McLaughlin's New Pronouncing Dictionary (? of the Spanish and English Languages, English-Spanish, Spanish-English?) ca. 1908 ~ Philadelphia: McKay 1327p
McLaughlin's New pronouncing dictionary of the English & Italian languages.

MEMORIALS: Memorials
James Mercur
Elements of the Art of War

Attack Of Fortified Places. Including Siege-Works,Mining, And Demolitions. Prepared For The Use Of The United States Military Academy. 1903. Copyright 1894 John Wiley & Sons. London : Chapman & Hall, Limited.  B. In this work an attempt has been made to give in outline the best modern methods of attack upon a fortified position by assault, surprise,blockade, or siege; and also the detailed constructions of those types of trenches, batteries, magazines, ect., ect. 197 + pages. Pages towards back fold out for detailed constructions diagrams.

James  Mercur : Professor of Civil and Military Engineering of the United States Military Academy,West Point N.Y ~ Photo: 1st LT & ADJT Addison G. Mason, 34th Regt, Pa Vol Infantry with CAPT James Mercur & ladies, circa 1875

Henri Malol
The Romantic Passion of Don Luis
Field Service Scouting & Patrolling
Interior Guard Duty
Conventional Signs & Military Symbols & Abbreviations
Infantry Drill Regulations
Military Sanitation & First Aid
Infantry Field Manual (Rifle Companies and Rifle Regiments)
Organization & Tactics of Infantry & The Rifle Battalion
List of Publications for Training, including Training Films & Film Strips:
Soldier's Handbook
Infantry Drill Regulations.  United Stares Army.  Prepared by Captain George W. Stuart
Fulgence Marion
The Wonders of Vegetation  ~ 1881 ~ 546 pages, 46 illustrations by E Lancelot.

Wonderful Balloon Ascents: 
Online eText Edition:
PREFACE excerpt
"Let posterity know, and knowing be astonished, that on the fifteenth day of September, 1784, Vincent Lunardi of Lucca, in Tuscany, the first aerial traveller in Britain, mounting from the Artillery Ground in London, and traversing the regions of the air for two hours and fifteen minutes, on this spot revisited the earth. In this rude monument for ages be recorded this wondrous enterprise successfully achieved by the powers of chemistry and the fortitude of man, this improvement in science which the great Author of all Knowledge, patronising by his Providence the inventions of mankind, hath graciously permitted, to their benefit and his own eternal glory."
Air Balloons and Voyages

Amy Bell Marlowe
The Girl from Sunset Ranch Or, Alone in a Great City. "A ranch girl comes to New York to meet relatives she has never seen. Her adventures make unusually good reading." (1914)
G&D 4-in-1 edition
"Charming, Fresh, and Original Stories Miss Marlowe's books for girls are somewhat of the type of Miss Alcott and also Mrs. Meade's; but all are thoroughly up-to-date and wholly American in scene and action. Good, clean, absorbing tales that all girls thoroughly enjoy."  -- Grosset & Dunlap Ad

A Little Miss Nobody, or With The Girls Of Pinewood Hall 1914 G&D Illustrated. 322 pages
The Girls of Rivercliff School, or, Beth Baldwin's Resolve. 1916 ~ NY G&D  . 

Amy Bell Marlowe was a Pen Name/Pseudonym used by the Stratemeyer Syndicate from 1914 to 1933
George Madden Martin ~ a pen name for author Mrs. Atwood R. Martin. 1866-?
Emmy Lou Her Book and Heart  ~ 1902 ~ G&D ~ Illustrated by Paul Galdone or Charles Louis Hinton ~ 277 pages
"Emmy Lou is irresistibly lovable, because she is so absolutely real. She is just a bewitchingly innocent, hugable little maid. The book is wonderfully human."
Emmy Lou's Road to Grace (Being a little Pilgrim's Progress) ~ 1916 ~ G&D ~ 306 pages
George Madden Martin AKA Mrs. Attwood R. Martin:  Louisville, KY. Novelist
Martha Evans Martin
The Friendly Stars: How to Locate and Identify Them, A New Edition of an Astronomical Classic by Martha Evans Martin & Donald Howard Menzel.~  1907 NY: Harper & Brothers,  265 pages. Illustrated with drawings and two sky maps
This minor classic, published more than 50 years ago, marshals the stars together in an engaging, non-technical survey, presenting them not as austere objects of scientific study, but as they should appear to all who love the open air. The author has accomplished this without sacrifice of scientific accuracy, which explains why her book has inspired many readers through the years (including Donald H. Menzel, director of the Harvard Observatory) to pursue the subject further, while delighting and informing thousands of other, less ambitious, readers.
From the opening chapter on the rising and setting of stars, through the descriptions and histories of Capella, Arcturus, Deneb, Spica, Vega, Altair, Antares, Fomalhaut, Aldebaran, Orion's brightest stars, the heavenly twins (Castor and Pollux), the two Dog Stars, and Regulus; through the discussions of the number, names, light, and distances of the stars; double stars; the constellations, including those that are partly or wholly south of the equator; the mystery of the Pleiades; and the individuality of the stars, the author maintains a refreshingly light and readable style, filling her pages with both the lore and the science of astronomy. And because she concentrates on stars and formations visible to the naked eye, she opens a whole world of observing for readers without access to any kind of equipment. The approach is systematic and intelligent, and the result is an eminently successful introduction to a science that has intriguing possibilities for further study, as a hobby, or simply as an occasional amusement.

The Ways of the Planets ~  NY: Harper, 1912  272.pages
Martha Evans Martin:  A memorial held at The Pen and Brush, April 5, 1925 

The White African: the Story of Masavuke “who dies and lives again.” Told by himself at the request of his relatives and friends. Morse Press 1933. 
Inscribed: “Burroughs, December 1, 1933
John Masefield  1878? - 1967
Jim Davis ~ 1913 ~ Boy Scout Edition 244 pages
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Martin Hyde The Duke's Messenger
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John MasefieldJohn Masefield:, English poet. He went to sea as a youth and later spent several years in the United States. In 1897 he returned to England and was on the staff of the Manchester Guardian. His first volumes of poetry, Salt-Water Ballads (1902), containing ?Sea Fever? and ?Cargoes,? and Ballads (1903), earned him the title ?Poet of the Sea.? It was, however, for his realistic, long narrative poems?The Everlasting Mercy (1911), The Widow in the Bye Street (1912), Dauber (1913), and Reynard the Fox (1919)?that he won his greatest fame. He was also a playwright and novelist of some note. His plays, written in both verse and prose, include The Tragedy of Nan (1909), The Tragedy of Pompey the Great (1910), and The Coming of Christ (1928). Among his novels are Multitude and Solitude (1909), Sard Harker (1924), and The Bird of Dawning (1933). Masefield is the author of several literary studies, of which his William Shakespeare (1911) is the most notable. Other works include adventure stories for boys and two war sketches, Gallipoli (1916) and The Nine Days Wonder (1941), and the posthumous volume of poetry In Glad Thanksgiving (1968). He was poet laureate from 1930 until his death and was awarded the Order of Merit in 1935. See his autobiographical works In the Mill (1941), So Long to Learn (1952), and Grace Before Ploughing (1966); see biographies by S. Sternlicht (1978) and J. Dwyer (1988); bibliography by G. Handley-Taylor (1960).
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