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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Tramping on Life, by Harry Kemp This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: Tramping on Life An Autobiographical Narrative Author: Harry Kemp Release Date: March 19, 2005 [EBook #15415] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK TRAMPING ON LIFE *** Produced by Audrey Longhurst, Martin Pettit and the PG Online Distributed Proofreading Team at www.pgdp.net. [Illustration: THE AUTHOR OF _Tramping on Life_] TRAMPING ON LIFE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NARRATIVE HARRY KEMP GARDEN CITY NEW YORK GARDEN CITY PUBLISHING COMPANY, Inc. _Copyright, 1922, by_ BONI AND LIVERIGHT, INC. First Printing, September, 1922 Second Printing, November, 1922 Third Printing, January, 1923 Fourth Printing, April, 1923 Fifth Printing, July, 1923 Sixth Printing, September, 1923 Seventh Printing, November, 1923 Eighth Printing, May, 1924 Ninth Printing, November, 1924 Tenth Printing, July, 1925 Eleventh Printing, March, 1926 Twelfth Printing, February, 1927 _Printed in the United States of America_ All in this book that is good and enduring and worth while for humanity, I dedicate to the memory of my wife, MARY PYNE _Waterbury, Connecticut, May 20, 1922._ TRAMPING ON LIFE Now I am writing these things just as I was told them by my grandmother. For I have utterly no remembrance of my mother. Consumption ran in her family. And bearing and giving birth to me woke the inherited weakness in her. She was not even strong enough to suckle me. * * * * * I was born in the early eighties, in Mornington, Ohio, in a section of that great, steel-manufacturing city which was neither city, suburb, nor country,--but a muddy, green-splashed, murky mixture of all three. * * * * * They told me, when I was old enough to understand, that my mother was English, that her folks lived in Cleveland and owned a millinery and drygoods store there ... and that my father met my mother one day in Mornington. She was visiting an uncle who ran a candy store on Main Street, and, she girl-like, l
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