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Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Gwinett Bierce was one of the great journalists and short story writers of the 19th century American west. A veteran of the Civil War, he turned to journalism in 1868, joining the staff of the…

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(St.) represented in Christian art in the costume of a bishop. His attributes are (1) a bee-hive, in allusion to the legend that a swarm of bees settled on his mouth when lying in his cradl…

Fantastic Fablesby Ambrose Bierce

The Crimson Candle The Moral Principle and the Material Interest A MORAL Principle met a Material Interest on a bridge wide enough for but one. "Down, you base thing!" thundered the…

Fantastic Fablesby Ambrose Bierce

The Moral Sentiment The Thoughtful Warden The Politicians AN Old Politician and a Young Politician were travelling through a beautiful country, by the dusty highway which leads to the …

Fantastic Fablesby Ambrose Bierce

The Divided Delegation Revenge A Forfeited Right THE Chief of the Weather Bureau having predicted a fine day, a Thrifty Person hastened to lay in a large stock of umbrellas, which he …

Fantastic Fablesby Ambrose Bierce

A Forfeited Right An Optimist Revenge AN Insurance Agent was trying to induce a Hard Man to Deal With to take out a policy on his house. After listening to him for an hour, while he …

Fantastic Fablesby Ambrose Bierce

Revenge A Valuable Suggestion An Optimist Two Frogs in the belly of a snake were considering their altered circumstances. "This is pretty hard luck," said one. "Don't jump to con…

Fantastic Fablesby Ambrose Bierce

An Optimist Two Footpads A Valuable Suggestion A BIG Nation having a quarrel with a Little Nation, resolved to terrify its antagonist by a grand naval demonstration in the latter's pr…

Fantastic Fablesby Ambrose Bierce

A Valuable Suggestion Equipped for Service Two Footpads Two Footpads sat at their grog in a roadside resort, comparing the evening's adventures. "I stood up the Chief of Police," sa…

Fantastic Fablesby Ambrose Bierce

Two Footpads The Basking Cyclone Equipped for Service DURING the Civil War a Patriot was passing through the State of Maryland with a pass from the President to join Grant's army and …