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People's Literary Companion Newspapers


The People's Literary Companion was published weekly in Augusta, Maine. An annual subscription was $2.00; an individual copy sold for six cents. Each newspaper was eight pages and included several serialized novels, short literary pieces, a Farm and Household column, a Wit and Humor column and other articles thought to be of interest to their readers. The fiction was very often written by noted popular authors of the time including Colonel Prentiss Ingraham, author of the Buffalo Bill stories. We have two library paper bound portfolios from 1876 each containing eight issues. Greater detail is provided below. Since this was the year of the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia there were articles concerning the Revolutionary War and America's fight for Independence. There were also features about the Centennial itself, including marvelous etchings of the buildings, exhibition halls, and fairgrounds. The reader was offered the promotion of a large keepsake picture of the exhibition in exchange for renewing his subscription and getting another person to take out a subscription. These newspapers have been professionally bound and where needed professionally conserved. Click on the image to get an enlarged view of the cover.

February-March 1876 | July-August 1876

February - March 1876 Vol. VII, Nos. 19-26

Vol. VII, No. 19, February 5, 1876 - The Boy Terror; or, The Outcast of the Prairie - A Story of a Ruined Home and a Terrible Retribution by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham. (Beginning of the novel), continuation of The Forty Footsteps by Frank Mercer, Maurice Fitzgerald and Lady Lister's Diamonds.

Vol. VII, No. 20, February 12, 1876 - The Boy Terror; or, The Outcast of the Prairie, continuation of The Forty Footsteps and Maurice Fitzgerald.

Vol. VII, No. 21, February 19, 1876 - The Boy Terror; or, The Outcast of the Prairie, continuation of The Forty Footsteps and Maurice Fitzgerald.

Vol. VII, No. 22, February 26, 1876 - Maurice Fitzgerald; or, Oath of the Twelve by a New Contributor and continuation of The Boy Terror and The Forty Footsteps.

Vol. VII, No. 23, March 4, 1876 - The Pride of Birth by Pierce Egan and continuation of Maurice Fitzgerald, The Boy Terror and The Forty Footsteps.

Vol. VII, No. 24, March 11, 1876 - The Pride of Birth and continuation of Maurice Fitzgerald, The Boy Terror and The Forty Footsteps.

Vol. VII, No. 25, March 18, 1876 - Ulva's Chief; or, The Wraith of Lock Gyle by Frank Mercer and continuation of The Pride of Birth, Maurice Fitzgerald, The Boy Terror and The Forty Footsteps.

Vol. VII, No. 26, March 26, 1876 - The Pride of Birth and continuation of Ulva's Chief, Maurice Fitzgerald, and The Boy Terror.

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July - August 1876 Vol. VII, Nos. 41-48

Vol. VII, No. 41, July 8, 1876 - The Shadow Schooner; or, The Haunted Island - A Romance of the Maine Coast by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham. (Beginning of the novel.) Also a continuation of The Scarlet Lancers; A Tale of The Indian-Afghan War by G. Manville Fenn, and The Fatal Cord, A Tale of Backwoods Retribution by Captain Mayne Reid.

Vol. VII, No. 42, July 15, 1876 - The Pride of Birth by Pierce Egan, continuation of The Shadow Schooner, The Scarlet Lancers, and The Fatal Cord.

Vol. VII, No. 43, July 22, 1876 - The Pride of Birth by Pierce Egan, continuation of The Shadow Schooner, The Fatal Cord and The Scarlet Lancers.

Vol. VII, No. 44, July 29, 1876 - The Pride of Birth by Pierce Egan, continuation of The Shadow Schooner and The Scarlet Lancers.

Vol. VII, No. 45, August 5, 1876 - Sweet Woman: or, Cold and Alloy by A Popular Author, continuation of The Shadow Schooner, The Scarlet Lancers and The Pride of Birth.

Vol. VII, No. 46 August 12, 1876 - Sweet Woman: or, Cold and Alloy by A Popular Author, continuation of The Scarlet Lancers and The Shadow Schooner.

Vol. VII, No. 47 August 19, 1876 - Paul Derwent; or Driven to Sea by Percy B. St. John and continuation of Sweet Woman, The Scarlet Lancers and The Shadow Schooner.

Vol. VII, No. 48 August 26, 1876 - Paul Derwent and continuation of Sweet Woman, The Scarlet Lancers and The Shadow Schooner. Missing pages 7 and 8.

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