This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...be the time for him to assert himself--he stops his howling and listens to the strongly flavored persuasion of the-wily ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...be the time for him to assert himself--he stops his howling and listens to the strongly flavored persuasion of the-wily politician--the weed he permitted to grow and to prosper--and becomes the gently led sheep, to awaken after election and find himself the twin brother of the donkey. They will not recognize that far better, by virtue of his sincerity, would be the sincere demagogue as leader than the dishonest politician of the gutter breed. No man can choose his birthplace. Mansion and tenement have each furnished their quota of honest and dishonest men. If he of the gutter gets above it and gets there by means which are those of a man and an American, he will not lack the respect and esteem of those whose ranks he has fought to join. That is what proves this the land of opportunities and therein lies true equality. There is another way to get out of the gutter, and that was the way employed by statesmen of the stamp of the Hon. Michael Callahan, of the State Legislature. Mike Callahan's place in horticulture was most decidedly among the rankest weeds. "Lucky" Callah"n, as he was sometimes called, had escaped the inconvenient calcium of public opinion, and, on that account, little was known about his origin, except by his intimates. Perhaps bootblack, perhaps newsboy, he had early learned to make himself subservient to his superiors, genial to his equals and condescending to his inferiors. Of course, these social lines were drawn by him according to his viewpoint. Mike's striving for political recognition was aggressive from the start, and, having no other aim or ambition, he threw himself into the game of intrigue and wire-pulling with all his energetic intensity. Never questioning, always obeying, he became the ideal...Read Less
Fair. B001RWA5PK A good, solid reading copy. Pages are slightly brown from age. Inscription on front page, otherwise pages are clear and binding is secure. Corners are bumped. Cover is very scuffed with extensive fraying at edges. Your purchase supports a non-profit organization that promotes literacy and recycling through a free book share program!
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