Congressional Edition Volume 7597

Congressional Edition Volume 7597

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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...1 part claret and 4 parts water, or perhaps 10 parts, for all I know, and the boys drank that. I lived at school. I was a boy there until I was nearly 19, in France, without knowing that drunkenness was a common thing. You did not see it in Paris. Men drank red wine. I am speaking of nearly 40 years ago; 1878, and shortly after the Franco-Prussian War; so that, following that war, I saw what the feeling was in France, and I got my strong attitude on the German question from living there then. I went from Paris to New York, and became a reporter on the Sun, under Charles A. Dana, at 19, and saw the young men on the newspapers drinking whisky, and a great deal of drunkenness. In those days the newspaper men drank a great deal more than they do now, and drunkenness was much more common. My first opportunity to write a story of any interest was when I was sent to get the names of prominent people at a fight in which John L. Sullivan participated, and some of the experienced newspaper men were drunk, and that gave me my first opportunity to write a good story. So that I owed that to whisky. Perhaps I am the only man who can say that he owes anything to whisky. Later I succeeded T. P. O'Connor as correspondent of the New York Sun in London, under Dana, before I was 21. In connection with my duties as correspondent, I went to the House of Commons, and saw Gladstone, nearly 80 years of age, and other famous men, when they used to stay all night in the House debating; and I interviewed him, and knew him and knew his son extremely well, and knew what their habits were; and I saw those men, who drank these very moderate, temperate liquors, strong and healthy in old age; and I went to St. Peters in Eome, and saw Pope Leo, nearly 90 years of age; and I had...show more

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  • Paperback | 816 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 41mm | 1,429g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236609042
  • 9781236609045