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Title Page, Copyright Page

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PUBLISHER'S NOTE

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pp. 11-15

SouND THE TRUMPETS! This first collection of short stories by Jon Hassler deserves royal fanfare!! Five of these stories are published here for the first time. Two--"Chase"and "Chief Larson" --appeared in literary magazines in the 1970s, before Jon began his meteoric rise to fame as a novelist....

CONTENTS

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p. 17

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CHASE

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pp. 19-22

PICTURE A SUMMER SATURDAY evening in a village surrounded by fields of corn and cattle. A hundred farm families and most of the villagers are concentrated along a two-block stretch of Main Street. They move in...

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CHRISTOPHER, MOONY, AND THE BIRDS

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pp. 24-33

IF I TELL YOU THAT I, AT FIFTY, am falling in love with birds, what will you think? You, who probably never, from one year to the next, look into the sky at sunrise to see swallows and nighthawks looping and diving over...

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KEEPSAKES

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pp. 35-59

ROGER RODE TO TOWN on a wagonload of sweet corn. Rocking with the load and baking under the high August sun, he lay on his stomach with his hands between his face and the rough cobs....

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RESIDENT PRIEST

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pp. 61-78

ERNIE BOOKER, THE HUNCHBACK of St. Mary's Convent, unhooked the grasscatcher from the lawn mower and carried it to the edge of the cliff. He knelt and held it low over the side of the cliff to empty it, so that the breeze...

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CHIEF LARSON

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pp. 80-86

"WHY DID YOU DO IT, Charles Edward?" his mother kept asking him. He was seven and the reasons were clear enough in his mind, but when it came to putting them into words he didn't know where to start. His new parents were forever asking...

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YESTERDAY'S GARBAGE

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pp. 88-99

THE BEST GRADE OF GARBAGE in this city comes from the Hillcrest neighborhood, and on Thursdays when I make my run through the alleys of Hillcrest, my wife Caledonia rides beside me in the truck, admiring all those fancy back yards. Caledonia...

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GOOD NEWS IN CULVER BEND

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pp. 101-118

I was lunching with Johnson at the Eighth Street Bar and Grill, and we were complaining, as we usually do, about our editors. Johnson is the grand old man of the Evening Standard, and I'm the rising star of the Morning Sun--...

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Jon Hassler

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p. 119

Jon Hassler, Regent's Professor Emeritus at St. John's University (Minnesota), lives with his wife Gretchen in Minneapolis, where he is at work on a second story collection as well as another novel about Agatha McGee.