One Hundred Choice Selections Volume 8, Nos. 29-32
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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... dangerous place even at the best of times, and no mother ever saw her little ones there without nervous fears for their safety. The railway company had often been petitioned to place a railing on the side near the sea, but they always refused, saying it was not intended for a promenade, and if people walked there they did so at their own risk. For their part they wished people to keep off. But it was a "very short cut" for the townspeople, and consequently was largely used in favorable weather. At one end was a lane leading to the high road over the cliffs, and in this lane was the "Crab and Lobster" public-house, and if any one " took too much" at that favorite hostelry, ten to one but they swore they would walk home by the sea-wall "to show how steady they were." Discussions on this point were frequent at the " Crab and Lobster," and it was one of these discussions which had originated Owen's foolish resolution to-night. This was the walk, then, that Owen Hopeton proposed to take that dark and stormy night, to show his courage, and because he had sworn he would do it, and not be "dared" by anybody. They had talked and quarreled over their beer as men often, if not always, do, and this was the result. But Owen Hopeton, foolhardy as he was, would not have done it but for the carelessness bora of drink. He was not a drunkard; indeed it was his boast that he had never got drunk; but, for all that, he had frequently been "the worse" for liquor. When completely sober he was a skilful, prudent, and courageous fisherman; after a few glasses, without being drunk, he became a noisy, reckless, foolhardy bully, and like many other pothouse politicians, ready to overturn any Government...
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