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Featured text for December 2013
Sewell was disabled from her early teens and relied on horses to travel, fostering a respect for them in the process. The story of Black Beauty—a memoir of his life from colt, to taxicab horse, to retirement—broke new ground in literature as an autobiographical memoir of a horse. One of the best-selling books of all time, the novel was the forerunner of a sub-genre of children's "pony book" literature.
This is the 135th anniversary of the novel, which was first published on 24th November 1877.
The first place that I can well remember, was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it. Some shady trees leaned over it, and rushes and water-lilies grew at the deep end. Over the hedge on one side we looked into a ploughed field, and on the other we looked over a gate at our master's house, which stood by the roadside; at the top of the meadow was a plantation of fir trees, and at the bottom a running brook overhung by a steep bank.
Whilst I was young I lived upon my mother's milk, as I could not eat grass. In the day time I ran by her side, and at night I lay down close by her. When it was hot, we used to stand by the pond in the shade of the trees, and when it was cold, we had a nice warm shed near the plantation.
Collaborations for December 2013
The Tenth Anniversary Contest, which started on November 24 and ends on December 7, has been selected as Community collaboration. This is to celebrate the tenth birthday of Wikisource, which started on November 24, 2003. Participants are asked to proofread and validate pages from ten selected texts. The user with the highest score at the end of the contest will win a Kobo e-reader. There will also be two runners up: the users with the highest score in the first week and the highest score in the second week will each win a £10 (GBP) Amazon voucher. Prizes are sponsored by Wikimedia UK. The Italian and Catalan Wikisources are running analog contests, whose prizes are sponsored by Wikimedia Italy and Amical Wikimedia respectively.
The Proofread of the Month theme for December 2013 is games. The first selected book is Association Football and How to Play It (1908) by association football player John Cameron. This book marks the sesquicentennial of the Football Association, the governing body of association football in England.
The Maintenance of the Month task for December 2013 is Help page improvement. Many functions on Wikisource are either poorly explained or not explained at all. These range from simple things beginners need to know to advanced subjects.
5 administrators were confirmed in November 2013:
- Charles Matthews (talk | contributions)
- Eliyak (talk | contributions)
- Geo Swan (talk | contributions)
- Phe (talk | contributions)
- Prosfilaes (talk | contributions)
2 administrators will have their confirmation discussions in December 2013: