In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (Classic Reprint)

Denied lifestyles through the manager publishing homes of the rustic, this ebook owes itself to Mr. E. L. G. Steele, service provider, of this urban. In testifying Mr. Steele sfaith in his judgment and his buddy, it is going to serve its authors major and most sensible ambition. A. B. San Francisco, Sept. four, 1891.
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