Mister Ron's Basement II
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Mon, Mar 31 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1025

Marcus Mills ('Brick') Pomeroy wrote some truly wacky stories when he set his mind to it. From 1869, we hear about a fabulous invention, the 'Wonderful Hair-Reproducer.'

Time: approx five minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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The Brick Pomeroy Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/brickpomeroy.html

Direct download: revry-2008-03-31.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:47am EST

Sun, Mar 30 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1024

Our Monday book serialization features Hugh McHugh's 1901 title, 'John Henry.' This was the first book in what became an eminently successful series.

Our hero's actor friend wants to be in a play in a bad way -- and that's exactly how he would play it. John secures his friend a nine-act play for eighty cents in 'John Henry on Would-Be Actors.'

Time: approx six and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-03-30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:44am EST

Sat, Mar 29 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1023

SUNDAY SALAD brings you TWO funny Stanley Huntley stories from 1882 today. First we offer another episode of the 'Eagle Sunday School Library' featuring Susie Snydersklop, the devoted daughter of a missionary to the cannibals, and the Spoopendykes attempt to raise chickens in 'Building A Hen Coop.'

Time: approx ten and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2008-03-29a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:41pm EST

Sat, Mar 29 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1022

Celebrating THREE YEARS of Mister Ron's Basement with a unique and significant find!

From 1886, comes the very FIRST Mr. Bowser story, by C. B. Lewis ("M. Quad"), 'Election Day and Night.' We'll be focusing on the earliest Bowser stories in the upcoming weeks, and see how the character developed into the familiar old crank we have grown to laugh at and love...

Time: approx nine and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/quad.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Mister Bowser Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/mrbowser.html

Direct download: revry-2008-03-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:38am EST

Thu, Mar 27 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1021

Concluding Women's History Month with the second half of a two-part story by Rose Terry Cooke from 1881, about a woman who seemingly loves animals more than people and is stuck with a French dancing-master in her home, called 'Miss Lucinda' (Part Two of Two).

Time: approx thirty-three minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-03-27a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:33pm EST

Thu, Mar 27 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1020

Celebrating Women's History Month with another week's worth of stories by 19th Century women authors. Today's story is a bit lengthy, so we have split it into two parts. Rose Terry Cooke tells a charming tale of a woman who seems to love animals more than people in 'Miss Lucinda' (Part One of Two) from 1881.

Time: approx thirty-eight minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-03-27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:28am EST

Wed, Mar 26 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1019

Celebrating Women's History Month with another week's worth of stories by 19th Century women authors. Today we offer what can only be described as an (ahem) odd piece from 1864 by Katherine Kent Child Walker called 'The Total Depravity of Inanimate Things.'

Time: approx twelve and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-03-26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:25am EST

Mon, Mar 24 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1018

Celebrating Women's History Month with another week's worth of stories by 19th Century women authors. Today we hear about a peddler and some worn out apparel in 'The Colonel's Clothes' by Caroline Howard Gilman from 1867.

Time: approx twelve minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-03-24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:22am EST

Sun, Mar 23 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1017

Our Monday book serialization features Hugh McHugh's 1901 title, 'John Henry.' This was the first book in what became an eminently successful series.

Some of the humor in today's chapter may shoot past most people, but there still are some good laughs in 'John Henry Plays Pool.'

Time: approx five and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-03-23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:20am EST

Sat, Mar 22 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1016

SUNDAY SALAD features TWO Stanley Huntley stories especially for Easter. First, we hear a tale of a Pastor engaged in a crucial card game with an errant Deacon in 'A New Element in Poker' from 1881, and Mr. Spoopendyke vainly attempts to haul a dozen potted plants to church in 'Easter Decorations' from 1883.

Time: approx twelve minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2008-03-22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:17am EST

Fri, Mar 21 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1015

Our favorite old crank becomes a benefactor to humanity by measuring the humidity in the sky in C. B. Lewis's 1899 story 'Mr. Bowser Making Experiments in Kites.'



Time: approx nine minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/quad.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Mister Bowser Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/mrbowser.html

Direct download: revry-2008-03-21.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:12am EST

Thu, Mar 20 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1014

March is Women's History Month! This week, we have been reading fun stories from 19th century women authors.

Lurana W. Sheldon dropped out of medical school to become a successful writer and lecturer. Today's charming story, 'Sam Stebbins' Courtship,' originally appeared in 'Penny Magazine' in 1897.

Time: approx ten minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-03-20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:07am EST

Wed, Mar 19 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1013

March is Women's History Month! This week, we will be reading fun stories from 19th century women authors.

Harriet Beecher Stowe is, of course, most famous for writing 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' the best selling book of the 19th Century, which was so influential that when Abraham Lincoln met her, he remarked, 'So this is the little lady that started this war!'

But for years before writing that, she was a popular author who wrote charming, light stories. One of her funniest came from her 1846 collection, 'The Mayflower; or Sketches of Scenes and Characters Among the Descendants of the Pilgrims.' The story concerns the woes of squishing in with many other passengers in 'The Canal-Boat.'

Time: approx sixteen and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-03-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:09am EST

Tue, Mar 18 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1012

March is Women's History Month! This week, we will be reading fun stories from 19th century women authors.

Even as a young student, Fanny Fern displayed a flair for humor. Here's a piece from her school days (circa 1820s) called 'Suggestions on Arithmetic after Cramming for an Examination.'

Time: approx four minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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The Fanny Fern Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Fanny_Fern_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2008-03-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00am EST

Mister Ron's Basement #1011 Mon, Mar 17 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1011

March is Women's History Month! This week, we will be reading fun stories from 19th century women authors.

Metta Victoria Victor was one of the most popular authors of her time, writing literally hundreds of dime novels under an assortment of male and female pen names. Today, we read a selection from her 1884 book, 'A Good Boy's Diary' called 'A Cat in the Dumb Waiter.' It's an amusing tale of a mischievous boy who gets into heaps of trouble!

You can read a bit more about Mrs. Victor in the Mister Ron's Basement blog at http://misterronsbasement.blogspot.com/2008/03/metta-victoria-victor.html

Time: approx sixteen minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-03-17a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:54am EST

Sun, Mar 16 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1010

Our Monday book serialization features Hugh McHugh's 1901 title, 'John Henry.' This was the first book in what became an eminently successful series.

Today, our hero takes a challenge from a literate friend and pounds out a novel in 'John Henry's Literature.'

Time: approx nine minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-03-17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:50am EST

Sat, Mar 15 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1009

SUNDAY SALAD presents TWO Stanley Huntley stories -- In the first one from 1880, two old codgers swap ferocious winter stories in 'Early Cold Snaps' and the second piece is a rarer than rare find -- an 1883 Spoopendyke tale that apparently first saw print in Bill Nye's Laramie (Wyoming) Boomerang, called 'Spoopendyke and the Fiddle.'

Time: approx nine minutes


Why is this Frederic Opper cover here? Listen and find out!


The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2008-03-15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:47am EST

Fri, Mar 14 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1008

From 1900, 'Mr. Bowser Goes into Private Theatricals - and Out Again' by C. B. Lewis. Also, we have an intriguing announcement for Mr. Bowser fans! Time: approx nine minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/quad.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Mister Bowser Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/mrbowser.html

Direct download: revry-2008-03-14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:44am EST

Thu, Mar 13 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1007

Our final Max Adeler story for the week concerns a disguised cistern, a deathly case of mistaken identity, and a phony telegram in 'Mr. Toombs, the Undertaker' from the 1879 book 'Random Shots.'

Time: approx sixteen minutes


A. B. Frost


The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Max Adeler Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/maxadeler.html

Direct download: revry-2008-03-13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:40am EST

Wed, Mar 12 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1006

Max Adeler (Charles Heber Clark) was a master of building up a story -- his tales would start off somewhat amusing, then get funnier and funnier as they rolled along. 'Jerome Pinnickson's Mother-In-Law' from 1879 is a classic example of this, building to a jaw-dropping conclusion that will leave you in stitches.

Time: approx twenty-four and a half minutes


A. B. Frost


The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Max Adeler Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/maxadeler.html

Direct download: revry-2008-03-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:36am EST

Tue, Mar 11 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1005

Max Adeler had a sharp insight into the hilarity that ensued among the living when dealing with the death of a loved one, or two, or three, as we see in 'Mr. Fisher's Bereavement' from 'Random Shots,' published in 1879.

Time: approx fourteen minutes


A. B. Frost


The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Max Adeler Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/maxadeler.html

Direct download: revry-2008-03-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:33am EST

Mon, Mar 10 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1004

Max Adeler's 1879 book 'Random Shots' offered some of the funniest stories ever written. Here's a delightful tale that starts off silly and builds to extreme hilarity . It's called 'How Jack Forbes Was Avenged.'

Time: approx twenty-nine minutes


This beautifully drawn funny picture by A. B. Frost is even funnier after you've heard the story!

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Max Adeler Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/maxadeler.html

Direct download: revry-2008-03-10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:27am EST

Sun, Mar 09 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1003

Our Monday book serialization features Hugh McHugh's 1901 title, 'John Henry.' This was the first book in what became an eminently successful series.

In today's chapter, our hero brings the Love of His Life to a high-class beanery in 'John Henry on Butting In.'

Time: approx nine minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-03-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:25am EST

Sat, Mar 08 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1002

SUNDAY SALAD presents two extremely funny Stanley Huntley stories -- first, a Brooklyn policeman sorts out an argument on a snowy street in 'As to the Right of Way' from 1881. Next we offer one of Mister Ron's favorite Huntley pieces, 'Spoopendyke at the Falls' which originally appeared in Drake's Travellers' Magazine in 1884.

Time: approx fifteen minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2008-03-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:23am EST

Fri, Mar 07 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1001

Mr. Bowser tells some extremely tall tales, to the consternation of Mrs. Bowser in C. B. Lewis's 1915 story, 'Why Bowser Exaggerates'

Time: approx seven minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/quad.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Mister Bowser Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/mrbowser.html

Direct download: revry-2008-03-07.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:21am EST