Once on a Time
I AM going to tell a story, one of those tales of astonishing adventures that happened years and years and years ago. Perhaps you wonder why it is that so many stories are told of "once on a time", and so few of these days in which we live; but that is easily explained.
In the old days, when the world was young, there were no automobiles nor flying-machines to make one wonder; nor were there railway trains, nor telephones, nor mechanical inventions of any sort to keep people keyed up to a high pitch of excitement. Men and women lived simply
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Publication information: Book title: The Enchanted Island of Yew. Contributors: L. Frank Baum - Author. Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company. Place of publication: Indianapolis. Publication year: 1903. Page number: 1.