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Neighbors

Life Stories of the Other Half

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Author: Jacob A. Riis
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 31,004 / 91 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.4
LoC Categories: PS, HV
Downloads: 638
Added to site: 2010.05.26
mnybks.net#: 27909
Origin: gutenberg.org
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This was Mr. Riley in his hours of ease and domesticity. Mr. Riley rampant was a very different person. His arrival was invariably heralded by the smashing of the top of the kitchen stove, followed by the summary ejection of the once beloved family, helter-skelter, from the tenement. Three times the Bureau had been at the expense of having the stove top mended to keep the little Rileys from starving and freezing at once, and it was looking forward with concern to the meat-cutter's next encounter with his grievance. For there was a psychological reason for the manner of his outbreaks. The Rileys had once had a boarder, when Kate was a baby. He happened to be Mrs. Riley's brother, and he left, presuming on the kinship, without paying his board. As long as the meat-cutter was sober he remembered only the pleasant comradeship with his brother-in-law, and extended the hospitality of a neighborly fireside to his wife's relations. But no sooner had he taken a drink or two

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