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A House-Boat on the Styx
John Kendrick Bangs

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A HOUSE-BOAT ON THE STYX 

by John Kendrick Bangs 

CHAPTER I: CHARON MAKES A DISCOVERY 

Charon, the Ferryman of renown, was cruising slowly along the Styx
one pleasant Friday morning not long ago, and as he paddled idly on
he chuckled mildly to himself as he thought of the monopoly in
ferriage which in the course of years he had managed to build up. 

"It's a great thing," he said, with a smirk of satisfaction--"it's a
great thing to be the go-between between two states of being; to have
the exclusive franchise to export and import shades from one state to
the other, and withal to have had as clean a record as mine has been.
Valuable as is my franchise, I never corrupted a public official in
my life, and--" 

Here Charon stopped his soliloquy and his boat simultaneously.  As he

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