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Washington Irving

Washington Irving’s short stories and essays were first published under the pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon in 1819 and 1820 and include the popular tales “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

— From February 2012
The Dog-Eared Page

A Time Of Unexampled Prosperity

Every now and then the world is visited by one of these delusive seasons, when the “credit system,” as it is called, expands to full luxuriance; everybody trusts everybody; a bad debt is a thing unheard of; the broad way to certain and sudden wealth lies plain and open; and men are tempted to dash forward boldly, from the facility of borrowing.

February 2012
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