The Independent Volume 75

The Independent Volume 75

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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. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ... business associate who was very colored, to register, shortly before election time. On the stub, the man wrote "C" (meaning, of course, colored), on my certificate he placed "W" (white). The man had really been afraid to ask my color for fear of offending me. For a long time I bought my morning and evening cigar from the druggist on the corner near my house. I was always neatly and quietly fairly good brand of cigaro, -ona'fie assumed that I was white. One day as I took some papers out of my purse he caught sight of my name. Ever after that he would speak pleasantly to me, addressing me as Mr. Blank, and seemed to endeavor to cultivate my acquaintance. I didn't encourage his advances, but at the same time treated him courteously, and we got along well together. When I went in one day he didn't come to wait on me, but sent his clerk. Instinctively I knew something was wrong. I continued to buy my cigars there, and his grinning clerk continued to wait on me. One day I found him alone and he was forced to wait on me. I pointed to my brand in silence, handed over my money and walked toward the door. Hearing a peculiar noise behind me I turned and found him following me stammering out my name. "Well?" I said. He stopped, confused. "Er--er--I wanted to say, that er--I didn't know you were a n------, or that you were not a white man until a few days ago. I've known you for a long time, and I've appreciated your patronage. You have always been a gentleman, and I have always thought of you as Mr. Blank. Since I found that out I tried 'to dissociate you from that term, and I can't do it. I don't think that I could ever call you anything else. I wish you would buy your cigars somewhere else, for I shall be obliged...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 962g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236869087
  • 9781236869081