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I have been asked to write an introduction to the story of ”The Bowmen,” on its publication in book form together with three other tales of similar fashion. And I hesitate. This affair of ” The Bowmen” has been such an odd one from first to last, so many queer complications have entered into it, there have been so many and so divers currents and cross-currents of rumour and speculation concerning it, that honestly do not know where to begin. I propose, then, to solve the difficulty by apologizing for beginning at all.
For, usually and fitly, the presence of an introduction is held to imply that there is something of consequence and importance to he introduced. If, for example a man has made an anthology of great poetry, he may well write an introduction justifying his principle of selection, pointing out here and there, as the spirit moves him, high beauties and supreme excellencies, discoursing of the magnates and lords and princes of literature, whom he is merely serving as groom of the chamber. Introductions, that is, belong to the masterpieces and classics of the world, to the great and ancient and accepted things; and I am here introducing a short, small story of my own which appeared in The Evening News about ten months ago.