An 1886 Book with Altered Art Potential

The Story of the Nations

Rome from the Earliest times to the end of the Republic,

Arthur Gillman, MA

GP Putnam’s sons, 1886

I like this one as much for its elaborate illustrations at the start and end of chapters as for the text.

The text begins:

ONCE upon a time, there lived in a city of Asia Minor, not far from Mount Ida, as old Homer tells us in his grand and beautiful poem, a king who had fifty sons and many daughters. How large his family was, indeed, we cannot say, for the storytellers of the olden time were not very careful to set down the actual and exact truth, their chief object being to give the people something to interest them. That they succeeded well in this respect we know, because the story of this old king and his great family of sons and daughters has been told and retold thousands of times since it was first related, and that was so long ago that the bard himself has sometimes been said never to have lived at all. Still, somebody must have existed who told the wondrous story, and it has always been attributed to a blind poet, to whom the name Homer has been given.

Here is a sample from chapter 15 on Pompey:



The master spirits of this remarkable age were now in full action on the stage, and it is difficult to keep the eye fixed upon all of them at once. Now one is prominent and now another ; all arc pushing their particular interests, while each tries to make it appear that he has nothing but the good of the state at heart. Whenever it is evident that a certain cause is the popular one, the various leaders, opposed on most subjects, are united to help it, in the hope of catching the popular breeze. During the consulship of Pompey and Catulus, Pompcy was the principal Roman citizen, and he tried to make sure that his prestige should not be lessened when he should step down from his high office.

Crassus, aristocrat by birth and aristocrat by choice, had been a candidate for the senate in opposition to Pompey, but he soon found that his interest demanded that he should make peace with his powerful colleague, and as he did it, he told the people that he did not consider that his action was in any degree base or humiliating, for he simply made advances to one whom they had themselves named the Great. Crowds daily courted Pompey on account of his

power; but a multitude equally numerous surrounded Crassus for his wealth, and Cicero on account of his wonderful oratory. Even Julius Caesar, the strong Marian, who pronounced a eulogy upon his aunt, the widow of Marius, seemed also to pay homage to Pompey, when, a year later, he took to wife Pompeia, a relative of the great soldier (b.c. 67).

Both Caesar and Pompey saw that gross corruption was practised by the chiefs of the senate when they had control of the provinces, and knew that it ought to be exposed and effectually stopped, but Caesar was the first to take action. He was quickly followed by Pompey, however, who encouraged Cicero to denounce the crimes of Verres with the success that we have already noticed. Cicero loftily exclaimed that he did not seek to chastise a single wicked man who had abused his authority as governor, but to extinguish and blot out all wickedness in all places, as the Roman people had long been demanding; but with all his eloquence he was not able to make the people appreciate the fact that the interests of Rome were identical with the well-being and prosperity of her allies, distant or near at hand.

Think of all the fun altered art projects you could do with these- bookmarks, collages, scrapbooks, notebooks, cards, gift tags…
You can make really neat image transfers but laying a clear piece of packing tape over an image, rubbing it in thoroughly, and then get it wet and gently rub the paper off the tape. The image remains behind! More directions here and here.

My battered copy is for sale over at The Homestead House in the Vintage Books section.

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James Madison on Freedom of the Press

  • Some degree of abuse is inseparable from the proper use of every thing; and in no instance is this more true than in that of the press. It has accordingly been decided, by the practice of the states, that it is better to leave a few of its noxious branches to their luxuriant growth, than, by pruning them away, to injure the vigor of those yielding the proper fruits. And can the wisdom of this policy be doubted by any one who reflects that to the press alone, checkered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression?
    • Report on the Virginia Resolutions, House of Representatives: Report of the Committee to whom were referred the Communications of the various States, relative to the Resolutions of the Last General Assembly of the State, concerning the Alien and Sedition Laws (180001-20) [5], p. 571
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Frozen Baby Mammoth Found

So well preserved her mummy’s milk is still in her tum tum.

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A Walk Through the Year

October 8th,

“I have just returned, late in the afternoon, from a necessary journey to a big city. I have changed my clothes, and Nellie and I are out on the green path that follows the brook to the waterfall.
The sunshine is mellow. Frail gnats dance in sheltered nooks along the way. After the noise and hurry and pressures of the metropolis, I sink in this Trail Wood life as easily as does the green frog I see- a lone sojourner- on a pad of dripping moss close beside the waterfall.
In the midst of this tranquil scene, my mind is filled with a mood of calm content, of deep and quiet pleasure.

Someone else- who was it?- once recorded in the pages of a book just such an emotion as I am feeling….The Country of the Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett
‘But the first salt wind from the east, the first sight of a lighthouse set boldly on its outer rock, the flash of a gull, the waiting procession of seaward-bound firs on an island made me feel solid and definite again, instead of a poor, incoherent being. Life resumed and anxious living blew away as if it had not been. I could not breathe deep enough of long enough. It was a return to happiness.’ “

From Edwin Way Teale’s Walk Through the Year

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Cream of Corn Soup for a Crowd and FREE GIVEAWAY!!

On a recent fall afternoon we had 15 people here for lunch in addition to 7 of us. In about 20 minutes I made a huge pot of cream of corn soup (the base had no dairy products in it). Here’s how I did it:

First I filled a large, heavy bottomed stock pot with 16 cups of water to which I added:

dried minced onions (to taste)
chicken broth powder (until it looked right)
minced garlic (to taste)

I turned this on high and put the lid on and while waiting for it to come to a boil I cut up some bacon into small pieces and browned them in a skillet. I used somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 of a pound. I recently bought a ten pound box of bacon end pieces, and the HG divvied them up into ziplock bags for us and put them in the freezer. When we want bacon flavor, we just pull out a bag, cut up the contents, and fry them.

When the water came to a boil I whisked in roughly 1 and 1/3 cups of white bean flour.
Whisk this while the water continues to simmer and cook for at least another five minutes, stirring constantly while the soup thickens and looks like a lovely cream soup.
Then I added:
Five cans of corn– we don’t usually have canned corn on hand, but somebody had just given us some. I didn’t drain the cans, I added liquid and all for extra flavor. You can use frozen or fresh as well, and if you want to put part of the corn through the food processor or blender to dice it up into smaller pieces that will release more flavor as well.
The bacon
some diced green onion

I stirred this while heating, and then added some grated cheese- again, to taste. This is a corn soup, not a cheese soup, so I only added about two cups to the whole pot.

We served this with home-made bread and butter and carrot and red pepper sticks. There was just enough leftover to put it into two small freezer containers, one for Shasta and the Equuschick so they have a quick and simple meal while busy with the little Pirate, and one for Strider and the HG to take on their honeymoon- they are staying somewhere with a small kitchen available and since they are driving down, they are packing an ice-chest of frozen meals the HG has been putting together for them so they can save money from the very start of their marriage. Plus, they are not very interested in eating out in public around a bunch of strangers. They want to keep themselves to themselves and eat cozily together as man and wife in their own little honeymoon cottage/space/place.

Speaking of saving money, while looking up some of these ingredients at Amazon, I found some great deals that you may want to consider- especially if you don’t have access to a co-op.

dried, minced onions This is a one pound bag for 11.49, and what makes it a great deal is that it ships from a company that charges a flat rate fee of 5.99 for all orders up to 49.00- and shipping is free after that! Even better, they also have a one pound bag of onion granules for only 5.79 right now! And, according to Cook’s thesaurus, one mere tablespoon of dried, minced onion is the equivalent of one whole onion (smallish, but still, a whole onion!)

chicken broth powder This one pound bag of chicken broth powder is currently on sale for 7.99 from Mother Nature, the same company above, so you can get both bags for only one 5.99 shipping price, AND you can go in with a friend or add more things to get the order up to 49.00 for free shipping. This is a very good price on Frontier Herbs broth powder. If you prefer, there is a vegetable broth powder from the same company.

Minced Garlic (at the time of this writing, that is a two pound bottle of dried, minced garlic for only 9.38 cents, AND it’s eligible for free super-saver shipping on orders of 25.00 or more. This five pound jar in a shaker jar for 17.97 is also eligible for free super saver shipping!)

Bac’uns– a one pound bag of meatless bacon for 7.69, also from Mother Nature so you can take advantage of the flat rate shipping fee or the free shipping on orders over 49.00

Green onions- we love the ‘Just Tomatoes’ brand of dehydrated vegetables- they don’t have anything in them except the dried vegetable or fruit, and they dehydrate them at low temps so that they have optimum flavor. You can get an 8 ounce bag for around 18.00 with free Amazon shipping, and this is a LOT of green onions- according to this website, 8 ounces of dried green onions contains about 38 1/4 cup servings of Dried Green Onion.

White bean flour is made by grinding dried navy beans in the grain mill. At the time my husband and mother bought me my Whisper Mill (how something that sounds like a plane taking off could be deemed a ‘whisper’ mill is a wonder of marketing), that was the only brand that would do dried legumes as well as grains. I don’t know if this is still true. You can buy a 5 pound bag for 12.80 plus 10.88 shipping, but that doesn’t seem like a good deal to me. You’re better off finding somebody with a grain mill and having an exchange of some sort- perhaps they grind a one pound bag of beans for you and they keep a cup of flour. Bean flours need to be stored in the fridge or freezer (I prefer the freezer).

I made up the recipe I used on the spot, based on a cabbage soup recipe from the Country Bean cookbook from Rita Bingham. She has lots of excellent recipes based on beans, including more bean flour recipes than you will find anywhere else.

And speaking further of saving money on meals, Mommy Blogger Owlhaven has quite a lot to offer- she has ten children from three countries, AND she’s a homeschooling mom, as well as an author.

One of her books is titled Family Feasts for $75 a Week and she is having a special giveaway. Here’s what she says:

I’m giving away three sets of THREE copies each of my book Family Feasts for $75 a Week. Be one of the three winners of this giveaway, and you’ll have a copy of the cookbook for yourself, PLUS two copies to give away to friends. (Christmas gifts, maybe???)

Click on through to see what you need to do to add your name to the drawing.

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