Excerpt from Lingo Dan: A Novel
Lest this book perturb too mightily some of our Gaboriaus of criticism, let me set down here the fact that my hero and his companion were first introduced to the world by me in 1894. Through the San Franmsco Argonaut. A judge, more given to austerity than len1 ency, saw fit to remark that lingo dan was a new type in American fiction. In that be lief I still venture to continue, despite the fact that he has, since first quietly making his bow, had many rivals more conspicuous than himself in the line of thought and con duct he adorns. If it be objected against me that I have delayed nearly ten years in thus continuing the chronicle begun in 1894, I retort that even this has taken a deal of tem erity; my gentleman is still alive, and there is no knowing what form his reproaches for these indiscretions of mine may take.
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