Nye and Riley's Wit and Humor

James Whitcomb RILEY (1849 - 1916) and Bill NYE (1850 - 1896)

"What this country needs, aside from a new Indian policy and a style of poison for children which will be liable to kill rats if they eat it by accident, is a Railway Guide which will be just as good two years ago as it was next spring—a Railway Guide, if you please, which shall not be cursed by a plethora of facts, or poisoned with information—a Railway Guide that shall be rich with doubts and lighted up with miserable apprehensions. In other Railway Guides, pleasing fancy, poesy and literary beauty, have been throttled at the very threshold of success, by a wild incontinence of facts, figures, asterisks and references to meal stations. For this reason a guide has been built at our own shops and on a new plan. It is the literary piece de resistance of the age in which we live. It will not permit information to creep in and mar the reader's enjoyment of the scenery. It contains no railroad map which is grossly inaccurate. It has no time-table in it which has outlived its uselessness. It does not prohibit passengers from riding on the platform while the cars are in motion. It permits every one to do just as he pleases and rather encourages him in taking that course." - Bill Nye

Genre(s): Humorous Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Biographical DrPGould
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Play 02 Why it was done Stu Hollowell
00:04:16
Play 03 Where He First Met His Parents Stu Hollowell
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Play 04 Never Talk Back RecordingPerson
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Play 05 The Gruesome Ballad of Mr. Squincher RecordingPerson
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Play 06 Anecdotes of Jay Gould Tom Penn
00:09:17
Play 07 A Fall Crick View of the Earthquake Cyndy
00:02:07
Play 08 August Sean McElrath
00:01:15
Play 09 Julius Caesar in Town Michael Fassio
00:08:32
Play 10 His First Womern Tom Penn
00:01:26
Play 11 This Man Jones Stacy Simon
00:03:17
Play 12 How to Hunt the Fox Kate Follis
00:13:56
Play 13 The Boy Friend Kate Follis
00:01:45
Play 14 A Letter of Acceptance DrPGould
00:11:46
Play 15 In the Afternoon RecordingPerson
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Play 16 The Rise and Fall of William Johnson Tom Penn
00:11:27
Play 17 From Delphi to Camden Stacy Simon
00:02:28
Play 18 The Grammatical Boy DrPGould
00:05:45
Play 19 Craqueodoom RecordingPerson
00:01:16
Play 20 The Chemist of the Carolinas Kate Follis
00:09:40
Play 21 His Crazy-Bone Stacy Simon
00:00:53
Play 22 Prying Open the Future DrPGould
00:08:00
Play 23 Mr. Silberberg Annyiee Hill
00:02:38
Play 24 Spirits at Home Annyiee Hill
00:02:46
Play 25 Healthy but out of the Race DrPGould
00:07:53
Play 26 Lines DrPGould
00:01:18
Play 27 Me and Mary Cyndy
00:02:23
Play 28 Niagara Falls from the Nye Side Jason in Panama
00:10:05
Play 29 'Curly Locks!' Jason in Panama
00:01:49
Play 30 Lines on Turning Over a Pass Jason in Panama
00:06:20
Play 31 That Night Jason in Panama
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Play 32 The Truth about Methuselah Jason in Panama
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Play 33 A Black Hills Episode Jason in Panama
00:01:41
Play 34 The Rossville Lecture Course DrPGould
00:03:04
Play 35 The Tar-heel Cow April6090
00:06:43
Play 36 A Character Sean McElrath
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Play 37 The Diary of Darius T. Skinner DrPGould
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Play 38 The Man in the Moon RecordingPerson
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Play 39 His Christmas Sled tovarisch
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Play 40 Her Tired Hands DrPGould
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Play 41 Ezra House brianna
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Play 42 'Oh, Wilhelmina, Come Back!' Annyiee Hill
00:05:21
Play 43 A Hint of Spring tovarisch
00:01:43
Play 44 A Treat Ode RecordingPerson
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Play 45 'Our Wife' DrPGould
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Play 46 My Bachelor Chum RecordingPerson
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Play 47 The Philanthropical Jay tovarisch
00:12:50
Play 48 'A Brave Refrain' DrPGould
00:01:38
Play 49 A Blasted Snore April6090
00:06:32
Play 50 Good-bye er Howdy-do RecordingPerson
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Play 51 Society Gurgs From Sandy Mush Annyiee Hill
00:07:10
Play 52 While Cigarettes to Ashes Turn RecordingPerson
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Play 53 Says He DrPGould
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Play 54 Where the Roads Are Engaged in Forking tovarisch
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Play 55 McFeeters' Fourth brianna
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Play 56 In a Box RecordingPerson
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Play 57 Seeking to Set the Public Right DrPGould
00:04:51
Play 58 A Dose't of Blues Tom Penn
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Play 59 Wanted, a Fox cathicol
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Play 60 Sutters Claim Tom Penn
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Play 61 Seeking to Be Identified tovarisch
00:15:56
Play 62 The Old Cider Mill tovarisch
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