This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 Excerpt: ...the necessary snap to my speech, with our hereditary Fourthof-July enemy, the British lion, barred. You see, that wouldn't leave me anything ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 Excerpt: ...the necessary snap to my speech, with our hereditary Fourthof-July enemy, the British lion, barred. You see, that wouldn't leave me anything but Mexico.' "' That's another point we were to see you about. Not a word against Mexico. Colonel Vallejo, the largest stock-owner here, is a Mexican. He owns the very grove where you are going to speak, and he's pretty sensitive. We don't think you'd better so much as mention Mexico.' "' Will you please tell me what I am going to talk about, and make an acceptable Fourth-of-July speech?' "' Can't you just let the eagle scream?' "' But, my dear sir, the eagle has got to scream at something to be effective on the Fourth of July. The Fourth-of-July eagle is not a bird which screams simply to hear himself scream. He must know he is scaring somebody, or he is silent.' "' That occurred to us, ' admitted the man, 'before we came in. I don't know as it will be of any use to you, but an idea struck us, which you can use if you like. There are the Indians--abuse them.' "The honorable gentleman was becoming somewhat warmed up by this time, and he said, 'You are quite sure they wouldn't be offended, and buy their war-paint and ghost-dancing pumps elsewhere?' "' Oh yes, ' answered the man. 'You'll pardon us for speaking as we have, but so many things have happened to the town that we didn't feel that it could stand much more. Only yesterday our high-school building fell down, and a freight train smashed the railroad depot; and already today the cannon has burst, and the artesian well broken out again and flooded the racetrack, so we can't have any of the trials of speed which are on the programme. Abuse the Indian all you want to; and if you would care to take a shy at the Chinese too, just go ahea...Read Less
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