Excerpt from The 1925 Yackety Yack
One might give many instances of his rare combination of sturdy intellectual honesty, self forgetfulness, and forthright truth. I have wondered, in the last few days, why we knew so little about his experiences in the Great war. We know the external facts: he saw three years' service, from 1917 to 1920. I know that he rose to a captaincy, and that he won more than local fame as a sharpshooter. I believe he had medals from three governments, but I have never seen these medals, nor did I learn of them from him. He never talked about the war or what he saw and did. I did not need to know, for I knew the man. On his way home he stopped in London and added more books to his library. He loved to hunt for old books, not merely through catalogues or on display shelves, but in cellars, in barrels and dust - covered boxes. His judgment of book' values was as unerring as hisjudgment of scholars. He collected, not to possess but to use. So completely was his knowledge organized that he could call upon it at will, sometimes in ways quite unexpected. This eager interest in matters of technical scholarship was his outstanding characteristic. When he lay mortally sick, he asked that a parcel of books that had just come from London be opened, and a certain book be brought to his bedside. In this book he expected to find evidence on a point of interest; and the passage was read to him, dead from the waist down.
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