Forum Volume 28

Forum Volume 28

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...upon incidents and traits of character than upon anecdotes strictly so called. On one occasion a personage acquainted with our Far West was giving a tedious account of the exploits of himself and his mustang, Lightning Jack, which he alone could ride. At a particularly thrilling point in his narrative--from his own point of view at leas " he said, with dramatic solemnity, ' I dismounted.' ' At a suggestion from Lightning Jack? ' Mr. Depew blandly interjected. " No such good things are given us from the conversations of Oliver Wendell Holmes, George Henry Lewes, and Mr. Gladstone, the three best talkers Mr. McCarthy ever heard; but, after all, wit and humor do not seem to be necessary, even though they are desirable, ingredients in the higher ranges of conversation and speaking. Passing from literature to politics, Mr. McCarthy gives a chapter to Cobden, whose absolute sincerity is well brought out by the story that when he had urged, as a reason for refusing office under Palmerston, the fact that he had often described that statesman as the worst Foreign Minister England had ever had, and after Palmerston had urged that one of Cobden's friends already in ofl"1ce had often said just the same thing, Cobden calmly replied, " Yes, but then I meant it." This story, in its essentials, would have fitted John Bright, who is allotted two chapters, and is in many respects the most striking character with whom our author deals, always excepting Mr. Gladstone. And perhaps we have just here one of the chief sources of the interest these volumes possess. There is such an abundance of character, in its best sense, among the various men Mr. McCarthy has been privileged to call his friends. more

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  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236888626
  • 9781236888624