Originally published in 1902. INTRODUCTION: Rhode Island is the smallest by far of all the States of the American Union; it has an area of only 1085 square miles, less than that of the County of Ayr in Scotland. But within this narrow space, and with a population which was until recent years but slender, Providence grew into a great manufacturing city and Newport became the favourite home of wealth and luxury. Rhode Island has had a singularly interesting and eventful history..... Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.