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Edited by Irwin L. Gordon

Fifty Famous People

A BOOK OF SHORT STORIES

BY JAMES BALDWIN

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Famous Women - HARRIET BEECHER STOWE

Famous Women - HELEN HUNT JACKSON

Famous Women - LUCRETIA MOTT

Famous Women - MARY A LIVERMORE

Famous Women - MARGARET FULLER OSSOLI

Famous Women - MARIA MITCHELL



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In the city of Corinth [Footnote: Cor'inth.] there once lived a
wonderful musician whose name was Arion. [Footnote: A r_i_'on.] No
other person could play on the lyre or sing so sweetly as he; and
the songs which he composed were famous in many lands.

The king of Corinth was his friend. The people of Corinth never grew
tired of praising his sweet music.

One summer he went over the sea to Italy; for his name was well known
there, and many people wished to hear him sing.

He visited several cities, and in each place he was well paid for his
music.

At last, having become quite rich, he decided to go home. There was
a ship just ready to sail for Corinth, and the captain agreed to take
him as a passenger.

The sea was rough. The ship was driven far out of her course. Many
days passed before they came in sight of land.

The sailors were rude and unruly. The captain himself had been a
robber.

When they heard that Arion had a large sum of money with him they began
to make plans to get it.

"The easiest way," said the captain, "is to throw him overboard. Then
there will be no one to tell tales."

Arion overheard them plotting.

"You may take everything that I have," he said, "if you will only spare
my life."

But they had made up their minds to get rid of him. They feared to
spare him lest he should report the matter to the king.

"Your life we will not spare," they said; "but we will give you the
choice of two things. You must either jump overboard into the sea or
be slain with your own sword. Which shall it be?"

"I shall jump overboard," said Arion, "but I pray that you will first
grant me a favor."

"What is it?" asked the captain.

"Allow me to sing to you my latest and best song. I promise that as
soon as it is finished I will leap into the sea."

The sailors agreed; for they were anxious to hear the musician whose
songs were famous all over the world.

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Arion dressed himself in his finest clothing. He took his stand on the
forward deck, while the robber sailors stood in a half circle before
him, anxious to listen to his song.

He touched his lyre and began to play the accompaniment. Then he sang
a wonderful song, so sweet, so lively, so touching, that many of the
sailors were moved to tears.

And now they would have spared him; but he was true to his promise,--
as soon as the song was finished, he threw himself headlong into the
sea.

The sailors divided his money among themselves; and the ship sailed
on. In a short time they reached Corinth in safety, and the king sent
an officer to bring the captain and his men to the palace.

"Are you lately from Italy?" he asked.

"We are," they answered.

"What news can you give me concerning my friend Arion, the sweetest
of all musicians?"

"He was well and happy when we left Italy," they answered. "He has
a mind to spend the rest of his life in that country."

Hardly had they spoken these words when the door opened and Arion
himself stood before them. He was dressed just as they had seen him
when he jumped into the sea. They were so astonished that they fell
upon their knees before the king and confessed their crime.

Now, how was Arion saved from drowning when he leaped overboard?

Old story-tellers say that he alighted on the back of a large fish,
called a dolphin, which had been charmed by his music and was swimming
near the ship. The dolphin carried him with great speed to the nearest
shore. Then, full of joy, the musician hastened to Corinth, not
stopping even to change his dress.

He told his wonderful story to the king; but the king would not believe
him.

"Wait," said he, "till the ship arrives, and then we shall know the
truth." Three hours later, the ship came into port, as you have already
learned. Other people think that the dolphin which saved Arion was not
a fish, but a ship named the _Dolphin_. They say that Arion, being a
good swimmer, kept himself afloat until this ship happened to pass by
and rescued him from the waves.

You may believe the story that you like best. The name of Arion is
still remembered as that of a most wonderful musician.

Beatrix Potter - Peter Rabbit

FIFTY FAMOUS PEOPLE

FIFTY FAMOUS PEOPLE - CONTENTS

SAVING THE BIRDS

ANOTHER BIRD STORY

SPEAKING A PIECE

WRITING A COMPOSITION

THE WHISTLE

THE ETTRICK SHEPHERD

THE CALIPH AND THE POET

BECOS! BECOS! BECOS!

A LESSON IN HUMILITY

THE MIDNIGHT RIDE (OF PAUL REVERE)

THE BOY AND THE WOLF

ANOTHER WOLF STORY

THE HORSESHOE NAILS

THE LANDLORD'S MISTAKE

A LESSON IN MANNERS

GOING TO SEA

THE SHEPHERD-BOY PAINTER

TWO GREAT PAINTERS

THE KING AND THE BEES

OUR FIRST GREAT PAINTER

THE YOUNG SCOUT

THE LAD WHO RODE SIDESADDLE

THE WHISPERERS

HOW A PRINCE LEARNED TO READ

READ AND YOU WILL KNOW

THE YOUNG CUPBEARER

THE SONS OF THE CALIPH

THE BOY AND THE ROBBERS

A LESSON IN JUSTICE

THE GENERAL AND THE FOX

THE BOMB

A STORY OF OLD ROME

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LITTLE BROTHERS OF THE AIR

A CLEVER SLAVE

ONE OF AESOP'S FABLES

THE DARK DAY

THE SURLY GUEST

THE STORY OF A GREAT STORY

THE KING AND THE PAGE

THE HUNTED KING

TRY, TRY AGAIN!

WHY HE CARRIED THE TURKEY

THE PADDLE-WHEEL BOAT

THE CALIPH AND THE GARDENER

THE COWHERD WHO BECAME A POET

THE LOVER OF MEN

THE CHARCOAL MAN AND THE KING

WHICH WAS THE KING?

THE GOLDEN TRIPOD

NAMES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE

Famous Women - LOUISA M ALCOTT

Famous Women - MARY LYON

Famous Women - HARRIET G HOSMER

Famous Women - MADAME DE STAEL

Famous Women - ROSA BONHEUR

Famous Women - ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING

Famous Women - GEORGE ELIOT

Famous Women - ELIZABETH FRY

Famous Women - ELIZABETH THOMPSON BUTLER

Famous Women - FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

Famous Women - LADY BRASSEY

Famous Women - BARONESS BURDETT-COUTTS

Famous Women - JEAN INGELOW

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