The Gift Book (To J. R.)

A book is a kindly gracious thing.
Each has a particular gift to bring.

It may be the wealth
  Of a wonderful life,

Or the thrilling adventure
  Of Jungle strife.

Perhaps it’s a pleasant
  Of orient gold,

Tales of Aladdin
  Enchantingly told.

Maybe a view,
  Of a olden days,

Knighthood—Romance,
  Flowery ways.

And again a journey
  To lands afar

Where strange things happen,
  And wonder are.

All of them—Gift books
  But plainly I see,

Not one of them holds
  The gift for me.

I want a book
  That will lazily roam

Down the dear Pathway
  To Folks back home.
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Rudolph Valentino

Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguolla, professionally known as Rudolph Valentino, was an Italian actor who starred in several well-known silent films including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle, and The Son of the Sheik. An early pop icon, a sex symbol of the 1920s, he was known as the "Latin Lover" or simply as "Valentino". He had applied for American citizenship shortly before his death, which occurred at age 31, causing mass hysteria among his female fans and further propelling him into iconic status. more…

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