Famous People on the Web

THE DARK DAY

Who Was Famous

Biographical Dictionary of the Famous and Those Who Wanted to Be

Edited by Irwin L. Gordon

Fifty Famous People

A BOOK OF SHORT STORIES

BY JAMES BALDWIN

Famous Recipes Funny Quotes Christmas Joy Daily Bible Verse Funny Jokes Famous Quotes Phoenix Arizona East Valley Love Poems Famous Quotes Arizona News Recipes Jobs and Employment Wireless LAN Writing Resources

Famous Women

Who Was Famous
Famous People

Famous People
Abbreviations

Famous People
Obituaries

Famous People
Biographies A

Famous People
Biographies B

Famous People
Biographies C

Famous People
Biographies D

Famous People
Biographies E

Famous People
Biographies F

Famous People
Biographies G

Famous People
Biographies H

Famous People
Biographies I

Famous People
Biographies J

Famous People
Biographies K

Famous People
Biographies L

Famous People
Biographies M

Famous People
Biographies N

Famous People
Biographies O

Famous People
Biographies P

Famous People
Biographies Q

Famous People
Biographies R

Famous People
Biographies S

Famous People
Biographies T

Famous People
Biographies U

Famous People
Biographies V

Famous People
Biographies W

Famous People
Biographies X

Famous People
Biographies Y

Famous People
Biographies Z

Famous Women

Famous Women Contents

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



THE DARK DAY



Listen, and I will tell you of the famous dark day in Connecticut. It
was in the month of May, more than a hundred years ago.

The sun rose bright and fair, and the morning was without a cloud. The
air was very still. There was not a breath of wind to stir the young
leaves on the trees.

Then, about the middle of the day, it began to grow dark. The sun was
hidden. A black cloud seemed to cover the earth.

The birds flew to their nests. The chickens went to roost. The cows
came home from the pasture and stood mooing at the gate. It grew so
dark that the people could not see their way along the streets.

Then everybody began to feel frightened. "What is the matter? What is
going to happen?" each one asked of another. The children cried. The
dogs howled. The women wept, and some of the men prayed.

"The end of the world has come!" cried some; and they ran about in the
darkness.

"This is the last great day!" cried others; and they knelt down and
waited.

In the old statehouse, the wise men of Connecticut were sitting. They
were men who made the laws, and much depended upon their wisdom.

[Illustration]

When the darkness came, they too began to be alarmed. The gloom was
terrible.

"It is the day of the Lord." said one.

"No use to make laws," said another, "for they will never be needed."

"I move that we adjourn," said a third.

Then up from his seat rose Abraham Davenport.

His voice was clear and strong, and all knew that he, at least, was
not afraid.

"This may be the last great day," he said. "I do not know whether the
end of the world has come or not. But I am sure that it is my duty to
stand at my post as long as I live. So, let us go on with the work
that is before us. Let the candles be lighted."

His words put courage into every heart. The candles were brought in.
Then with his strong face aglow in their feeble light, he made a speech
in favor of a law to help poor fishermen.

And as he spoke, the other lawmakers listened in silence till the
darkness began to fade and the sky grew bright again.

The people of Connecticut still remember Abraham Davenport, because
he was a wise judge and a brave lawmaker. The poet Whittier has written
a poem about him, which you will like to hear.

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

SAVED BY A DOLPHIN

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

Phoenix Arizona

Jessica Simpson

Famous Quotes

Famous Quotes

World Famous Recipes . Famous Quotes

Chicken Recipes . Chicken Recipes . Chicken Recipes . Funny Quotes